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It may seem strange but coffee has not been around foreverIn fact it was not discovered until around 600AD in the Middle East and only came into Europe in the 16th CenturyThroughout the years it has spread around the world and become an international trade How was the magic of this obscure plant discovered How did this plant from Ethiopia become one of the largest commodity industries in the world There are a number of different stories about the origin of coffee and how it was discovered One story is that of an exiled Arab Sheik who saved himself from starvation by making a soup from the berries of the coffee shrubHoweverthe most common story is that of Kaldithe shepherdwho was tending to his animals on the mountainside one night in Eastern AfricaEthopia todayin around 600-800 AD when he noticed that they were acting strangely After investigating thishe realised that they had been eating the cherry-red berries of a nearby shrub As a result of thisthey remained awake jumping and leaping around the whole nighteven the older goats He picked some and tasted them himself He found that they invigorated him and made him more wide awaketelusplanetnet It was about this time that a monk called Chadely from a nearby monastery was passingKaldi told him about the goats and the monk demanded to see this plantHe showed the monk a pretty little shrub with a greyish bark and brilliant foliage the slender branches of which at the base of their leaves had bunches of small white flowers mingles with clusters of small berries some green riper ones a clear yellow colour and yet others which had reached complete maturity of the size shape and colour of a cherrycoffeeresearchorg It was the coffee shrub The monk dropped a little into boiling water to make a drink This was the first cup of coffeeOwing to the drinks making him wider awake and not affecting his intellectual capabilitiesthe
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