Coffee is Everything

Nov 11, 2020

      Hello to everyone! I will tell you about the history of coffee in this blog. In Ethiopia, the history of coffee starts with a goat farmer. In order to become one of the most consumed beverages in the world, coffee has spread across the world.

But since its mysterious energy giving properties were discovered centuries ago, coffee itself has been through a few trials and tribulations.

How did we transform a small, bright red coffee cherry into a drink that is consumed every day more than 2 billion times?

The Story of Coffee

     Coffee was born in the highlands of Ethiopia. The legend goes that the 9th century goat herder Kaldi realized how "spirited" his goats were after consuming berries from a tree, so he ran to the nearby monastery to let the boys know. A monk made a berry brew and was able to stay up much longer in prayer.

    The news of this new brew gradually spread to Egypt and the Arabian peninsula, where coffee moved east and west and finally landed in Southeast Asia and the Americas. And since then, it's been famous.

How It’s Made

   In the spring, coffee trees bloom with white flowers that give way to small green beans (seeds). By fall, they ripen into a full-blown "cherry," where they are then hand-picked. Coffee beans ripen at various stages, so one tree may have a combination of green (not yet ripe) and red (ripe) beans, which eventually calls for a less acidic drink to be given by skilled pickers. Cheaper coffee also comes from a combination of green beans and red cherries, mechanically strip-picked at once.

    A more modern-day approach is manually extracting the pulp of the cherry and then drying it with only parchment skin on it. This entails several days of work involving fermentation tanks and drums that spin.

Worldwide, coffee is a major industry and hires millions of employees. It's a lifetime for many people, but it's a perfect opportunity for others to start their day and get a kick start when they need it in the morning. You probably also like the scent of fresh coffee brewing, even though you don't like to drink it. If you are someone who doesn't want to drink, on a worldwide scale, you are in the minority.