Kaldi The Goatherd
And the Dancing Goats
The unexpected origin of our modern-day coffee fetish can be traced to the day, maybe a thousand years ago, when an Abyssinian (Ethiopian) goatherd, Kaldi, observed his goats uncharacteristically prancing and frolicking about. Kaldi had previously found the behavior of his goats to be “irreproachable,” so he was certain that something unusual was affecting them.
When Kaldi investigated, he found that the goats were merrily munching the red berries and shiny leaves of an unfamiliar tree. Curious, Kaldi decided to try the berries himself. Once he did, Kaldi joined the dancing goats and became “the happiest herder in happy Arabia.”
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VIENNA: Coffee Capital of the World
Back in 1683, Vienna was under siege by the Turks. The Austrians fought back and successfully sent the raiders packing... although, in their haste, the Turks left behind sacks of strange dark brown beans.
The Polish King, Jan II Sobieski, unaware of what to do with the beans, handed them over to an officer by the name of Jerzy Franciszek Kulczycki. Kulczycki, who had apparently learned a thing or two about the beans while in Turkish captivity, adapted the bitter beverage to European tastes by adding cream and sugar.
Within a few years, the first recognized Viennese coffee house opened its doors, giving birth to the café lifestyle that has since taken the world by storm.