This is the legend of the coffee’s GOAT, Kaldi the goat herder. Around A.D. 800-900, long before Carmel Brulee lattes, an Ethiopian goat herder by the name of Kaldi noticed that his goats would become energetic after eating berries from a specific shrub. Kaldi became intrigued by his dancing goats and decided to try the berries for himself. Kaldi found that the berries made him more energetic as well and decided to join his dancing goats.
Some time later a monk that happened to be passing by observed Kaldi and his dancing goats. Kaldi told the monk about the berries and the monk decided to use them to stay awake during long prayers. He then came up with a genius idea: crush the berries into a powder and add boiling water; the first cup of coffee.