The Legend of Coffee

This morning, I discovered that goats saved the world.

goat

Yep, my expression exactly when I read that they are the ones who discovered coffee hundreds upon hundreds of years ago – or so the legend says.

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Apparently, legend has it that coffee can trace its origins to the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau. There, the story goes that a shepherd named Kaldi noticed that his goats couldn’t sleep at night after consuming these cherries (coffee beans before the “bean” stage – we won’t get to that process here).

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Kaldi then showed his discovery to a monk at a local monastery, who also consumed the beans and noticed that it kept him alert through the many hours of evening prayer. The monk shared this discovery with his fellow monks and the rest is history from there.

So why am I going on about coffee this morning? Well, for one thing, I have just consumed a cup of this caffeine. For another, because I have moved away from instant coffee (no hating, coffee purists!). I don’t have a coffee maker and so have been discovering ways of making coffee without it. What I’ve been doing so far is boiling water on the stove, adding two tablespoons of coffee, removing the coffee from the heat, covering it with a lid, letting it sit for five minutes (enough time to let the grounds settle to the bottom), and then ladling it into my cup. It works, but yes, I am working on another way to go about making this in the morning.

So, leaving you on the note for my quest for the perfect cup and the knowledge of energetic goats changing everyone’s mornings forever, feel free to discover the coffee process for yourself at this link. A lot goes into that cup that you hold in your hands.

 

 

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