Each morning more and more Americans are waking up to the unique scent and unparalleled taste of 734 Coffee.
Having fallen in love with the quality of coffee, we felt compelled to learn more about its origins and share it with you. With some research, we learned of the intriguing story of the discovery of coffee and it’s birth in Ethiopia; the story of kaffa. Although the is debate exactly when coffee was discovered, there is a strong consensus about it's the discovery in Ethiopia and here is how the story goes.
Kaffa is the origin of the word “coffee.” It is the name of the region in which coffee was discovered and was located in the ancient country Abyssinia, which is now modern Ethiopia. Along with Ethiopia being the birthplace of coffee, it is currently the fifth largest exporter of coffee in the world because the soil and climate create the perfect environment for growing the crop. The brewing of coffee beans began in Kaffa when, in the 9th century AD, a goat herder named Kaldi noticed his goats become energized and excited, prancing about the fields. After eating the berries, himself, Kaldi felt equally as elated. He rushed home to share his discovery.
Upon his wife’s recommendation, he brought the berries to the nearest place of worship in the village. After a brief explanation, the head Monk deemed the berries to be the “Devil’s work,” and abruptly threw the berries into a nearby fire. Soon thereafter, a sensual and powerful aroma filled the room that could not be overlooked. The head monk, whom had thrown them in the fire in the first place, ordered the embers be pulled from the fire and for hot water to be poured over them to preserve the smell. Upon drinking the mixture, they experienced the peaceful, warming, and calming sensation it gave them. The after-effects were just as powerful, as they were able to stay alert and discuss important matters for longer periods of time. As word moved east and coffee reached the Arabian peninsula, it began a journey which would bring these beans across the globe.
Bringing People together
Since this seemingly accidental discovery, coffee houses have been vital to the makings of history and society, as we know it today. Coffee houses and shops have harbored many political debates, cultural interventions, secret rendezvous, and even casual meetings. So join us in our journey to use coffee to continue to bring people together through 734 Coffee.
Brielle D'Alessio Akandu Nwosu