In 1671, Fausto Naironi, a Maronite monk, dedicated a treatise to coffee, in which he recounted the story of a young Ethiopian shepherd, named Kaldi, who lived in the 6th century. Kaldi discovered the stimulating, invigorating properties of the “bright red berries on a shiny green shrub” thanks to his goats. In the mid-nineteenth century, the missionary Johann Krapf loved to recount the role of the civet, a slender feline descending from the mongoose. The animal was a glutton for coffee berries, and left the undigested seeds along its path, which was said to strecth from Central Africa, all the way to Ethiopia.

October 4, 2011 at 7:16 pm by Rolandoo78
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