Kaldi is credited for the discovery of coffee
As the month of Ramadan begins, it is important to reflect on the history and traditions surrounding this holy time. One such tradition is the consumption of coffee, a beverage that has become a staple for many during this month of fasting.
The origins of coffee can be traced back to Ethiopia in the 9th century, where a goat-herder named Kaldi was credited with discovering the effects of coffee. As the story goes, Kaldi noticed that his goats became energized and restless after eating the berries from a certain type of plant. Intrigued, he tasted the berries himself and discovered the stimulating effects of coffee.
Kaldi’s discovery of coffee quickly spread throughout Ethiopia and eventually reached the Arabian Peninsula, where it became an important part of Muslim culture. Coffeehouses, known as qahwah houses, became popular gathering places for Muslims to socialize and discuss religious matters.
Today, coffee is enjoyed around the world and has become an integral part of many cultures. However, it is important to remember the humble beginnings of this beloved beverage and the role that Kaldi, the Ethiopian goat-herder, played in its discovery.
During this month of Ramadan, as we reflect on our traditions and the contributions of those who came before us, let us raise a cup of coffee in honour of Kaldi and the enduring legacy of this remarkable discovery.