A BRIEF HISTORY OF COFFEE: BETWEEN LEGEND AND PASTORAL ORIGINS
The history of coffee is imbued with countless legends. Its stimulating effect on the human body was discovered by chance, as were the therapeutic virtues of tea, but over a thousand years later. According to legend, it all began in the 9th century in Abyssinia, today's Ethiopia. A shepherd living in the province of Kaffa was amazed that his goats could not sleep at night. Not knowing what to do, he turned to the monks of a nearby monastery who solved the mystery: the goats liked to eat the cherry-like fruits of a strange plant – the coffee shrub. Driven by scientific curiosity, the monks prepared an infusion with these berries and after drinking the drink they all felt charged with energy.