The Kaldi Legend
tells the story of
the goat herder, who lived in Ethiopia about 300 AD. He noticed that after his
had been eating
berries from a tree, the goats were lively and energetic until late in the evening.
tried the red berries himself and experienced the same effect. He mentioned this to the monks in the nearby monastery, who from then on took coffee to stay awake during the nightly prayer gatherings. The legend also has it that these monks discovered by chance that the beans could be roasted and that a beverage prepared from the roasted beans not only produced the same effect, but also tasted far better. The
, and the beverage made from them, were from then on regarded as a luxurious stimulant.