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The Story Of Kaldi, Or How Coffee Came To Be

Have you ever wondered how coffee was discovered and where Kaldi’s coffee got its unusual name? Believe it or not, there is a relationship between the two. Here is the story of Kaldi, as taken off of the back of a package of Kaldi’s Fair Trade Organic Natural High Coffee:

In the hills of 6th Century Ethiopia, a young goatherd named Kaldi searched the land for his lost goats. In due time, he found them by a bush, eating its dazzling red berries. Kaldi’s normally sluggish flock began to prance about with vigor. They ran up hillsides. They danced around trees. Kaldi reasoned that the coffee berries prompt his goats’ high spirits. What’s good for the goat is good for the goatherd, he thought, and chewed some berries himself. Soon, he too began to prance about with unusual vigor. It didn’t take long for those coffee beans – and word of their stimulating effects – to travel the world.

Feeling like you need a cup of coffee? You can find a variety of flavorful Kaldi’s blends at MannWell’s Coffee Alley on Main Street in Washington, MO.

A latte always helps with the Monday Blues

Coffee is a popular beverage around the world, but the way it is prepared varies from country to country. Click here to learn about 6 different ways of brewing your morning pick-me-up.

About Slava

I am a twenty-something Bulgarian girl in the USA, re-discovering the world through the lens.


7 Responses to “The Story Of Kaldi, Or How Coffee Came To Be”

  1. I so want to visit this place soon! Nice write up and pics!

    Posted by mitchellbowers | November 19, 2011, 5:02 pm
  2. This story is included in the novel I’m reading called “Cutting For Stone”, by Abraham Verghese. It is a great book, and takes place in Ethiopia. Thank you for showing the different ways of brewing coffee.

    Posted by weisserwatercolours | January 12, 2012, 10:01 pm
  3. I would love to read the book! thank you so much for mentioning it! 🙂

    Posted by Slava | January 12, 2012, 10:05 pm
  4. plz update more history

    Posted by harish | July 26, 2012, 2:10 am


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