As the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia holds a truly regal position among the coffee growing countries.
Unlike other origins which only cultivate a few varieties of coffee introduced as cash crop, coffee is native to Ethiopia and are so genetically diverse that calling it a “single-origin” coffee is actually quite misleading.
The Legend of Kaldi and His Goats
How coffee started in Ethiopia is shrouded in myth and legend. One of the most popular legend is that of the goat herder, Kaldi.
Kaldi and his goats
It was said that Kaldi was herding his goats through the highlands near a monastery when he noticed that they were bleating loudly and dancing on their hind legs.
He found that the source of the excitement was a small shrub with bright red berries, and he tried them for himself out of curiosity.