Ethiopia is the undisputed world capital of coffee! Over three blogs I'm going to talk about how it appeared in your cup, the famous coffee ceremony and the unique coffee chains sprouting across Addis Ababa.
A long time ago, a bored shepherd called Kaldi was looking after his sheep when he noticed that his animals were flocking (don't...) towards a particular bush, after chewing the leaves/beans they were then charging up and down off their udders (do sheep have udders? I don't know. I'm blissfully ignorant of anything even vaguely rural) whatever they were steaming on they were zooming around the field doing cartwheels and baaing at a rapid pace,
Prototype speedhead Kaldi, being quite brave (or stupid) decided to try one of these magic beans and was delighted to find he could match his sheep in doing sprints around the place.
Amazed by his discovery (and smelling birr not coffee, he hadn't considered roasting them at this point) he took his magic beans to some nearby monks.
Initially the monks were a bit skeptical by this wannabe dealer turning up at the monastery accompanied by his stoned sheep and some mystery foliage.
One monk, feeling brave decided to try a bean and after running around yodelling for an hour persuaded his mates to also sample one.
A while later, another enterprising monk discovered by boiling the beans in hot water you got quite a nice smelling liquid. He promptly drank it and invented a new beverage.
Coffee (as we know it) was born.