According to tradition, a young wise Ethiopian herder by the name Kaldi from the Keffa region noticed that his goats were behaving somewhat vigorously each time they chewed a certain plant’s leaves and berries, so he decided to try it himself. Not surprisingly, after a few chews and a couple of swallows, Kaldi turned into a hyperactive herder!
Then he went to the nearest monastery to tell of his discovery, but he was scolded for ‘involvement in the Devil’s fruit’ and the Monks throw Kaldi’s adored fruit into the fire. However, the aroma deriving from the fire actuates the monks to come around eventually.
That night, during a laborious session of prayer, the monks discovered that they remained wide-awake with keen mind. Then the monks passed on the Coffee secret to others and soon all the monks in Ethiopia were chewing berries, keeping themselves vigilant for nocturnal prayers.
Legend has it, that for many centuries after this discovery, coffee was eaten and not drunk. It was not until the thirteenth century that the practice of brewing a hot drink from roasted beans was introduce.
I do really hope you enjoy one of my favorite Ethiopian legends I heard about Coffee discovery. But here are few things that are certain; Ethiopia is the country where Coffee is called “Buna” and where it is honored with unique Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony.