A Brief History of Coffee

Where the history of coffee began...

Legend has it coffee was discovered in Ethiopia by a goat herder named Kaldi.

His goats grazed on the bright berries of the coffee plant and Kaldi noticed his goats suddenly had a ton of energy, so much so that they couldn’t sleep at night.

Kaldi, being curious, decided to try the berries for himself and lo and behold he experienced the same increase in energy that he saw in his goats. 

After he experienced it for himself he brought the berries to the local monastery to inform the monks. He was ignored. The monks threw the berries into the fire.

You can probably see where this is going.. The berries began to roast and the aroma filled the air. Out of curiosity, the beans were removed from the fire, crushed, and added to water. 

Sipping on this roasted berry juice seemed to give the monks the same effects as eating them! The monks now had more energy and could stay awake through evening mass.

Word spread quickly as this new discovery was shared among the monks at other monasteries. And so the history of coffee begins!

Modern genealogy traces coffee back to Africa and it is most likely that it originated in Ethiopia, though we can’t be certain. It’s also obviously pretty unlikely that drinking coffee like this was so quickly found after discovering the berries, but nevertheless the story of Kaldi the goat herder having energetic goats from the coffee berries is one of the most common stories about how coffee was discovered.

The Journey of Coffee

As coffee began to spread from monastery to monastery and word got out about this energy inducing drink, it inherited a religious reputation and was consumed secretly by monks and doctors throughout the Arabian Peninsula region.

Yemen was the only place in the world that the beans were being grown. As coffee became more popular, the beans were exported but plants were not allowed to leave the region.

Coffee plants were then smuggled out and made its way to India and Europe where it took root and began to be traded at local markets.

It was first a luxury item that only the rich and noble could enjoy.

As coffee became more accessible, popularity grew quickly and it became a ritual that signified hospitality when inviting someone into your home. Coffee houses also began to pop up everywhere.

Little by little, coffee spread all over the world and became a very hot commodity and coffeehouses became a significant part of society as a popular meeting place.

Today coffee is one of the most consumed drinks in the world. According to the International Coffee Organization, in 2019/20 168,492,000 60-kg bags of coffee have been consumed worldwide.

The Next Evolution of Coffee - Coffee Without The Jitters

Because coffee is one of the most popular drinks today, we've started to notice some side effects. The most common is jitters, which is that shaky, anxious feeling you get when you've had a little too much to drink.

Windasea Coffee is a solution to that by infusing coffee with CBD. This helps you relax while getting you the energy you need to start your day. We spent over a year developing our proprietary infusion method that takes advantage of the natural de-gassing process of the freshly roasted beans so that it fully integrates the CBD oils into the naturally occurring oils of the coffee bean.

The end result is delicious and promotes a feeling of well-being that you just can't find in regular coffee.

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 About the Author
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This article was written by Jordan O'Hara, Founder of Windansea Coffee. 
You can learn more about him here.

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