The Legend of Kaldi
The history of coffee begins way back in the 15th century in the Ethiopian highlands, with a goat herder named Kaldi. Legend has it that, while Kaldi was tending to his goats, he noticed that their energy levels increased, and they became livelier after eating the berries from a particular tree. Intrigued, Kaldi picked some of the berries and took them to the local Sufi monastery.
The abbot examined the fruit and decided to conduct his own experiments. After making them into a hot drink, he realized it had revitalizing effects, making him capable of staying awake for longer than normal and able to partake in multiple extra hours of prayer. Kaldi had, albeit unwittingly, discovered the earliest form of coffee.