Coffee is a very popular beverage, and stimulant, that is consumed by millions of people worldwide every day. The health benefits, and health problems, associated with drinking coffee are still heavily debated. Some religions (such as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) actually prohibit members from drinking coffee. But who discovered coffee? This article will answer exactly that question and also look at four interesting facts about coffee.
Who Discovered Coffee
Coffee was first consumed by the Ethiopians in the 9th century (800 AD). Legend has it that a shepherd named Kaldi was tending his goats up on the mountains somewhere in Ethiopia. It was a hot day and he was taking a rest. Then he looked up and couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw his goats dancing. Walking over to where they were dancing, he discovered that they had been eating a red fruit (coffee beans). Wondering whether that had caused the goats strange behaviour he consumed some of the ‘fruit’ himself. Sometime later, a local imam (Islamic leader) came along and thought he must be dreaming when he saw Kaldi dancing with his goats! He asked Kaldi what was going on. Kaldi claimed that the ‘red fruit’ had caused him and his goats to start dancing. Trying some for himself, the imam found that this was no regular fruit. The imam then shared the coffee beans with others and its popularity in Ethiopia grew very quickly! That legend is called ‘the legend of the dancing goats’. Whether it is true of not is debated, but it is clear that coffee was consumed by the Ethiopians in the 9th century. So now you know who discovered coffee. Now let’s look at four cool facts about coffee.
Four Coffee Facts
Fact 1: Coffee is believed to reduce the risk of a number of diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, gout, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Fact 2: Most negative effects of coffee consumption are due to its caffeine content. Caffeine is an addictive drug and many people who consume only moderate amounts of it have withdrawal symptoms (headaches, anxiety and depression) when they do not consume any caffeine.
Fact 3: Once coffee beans are roasted, they are stored in air-tight containers in cool conditions. This keeps that fresh coffee taste.
Fact 4: Brazil is the leading exporter of coffee.