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The History of Coffee

Updated: Oct 4, 2022

Coffee Beans & the Origin of Coffee

Goat Herder

It's common knowledge that coffee is grown in a number of tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world, but did you know that the story of coffee began in Ethiopia?

Coffee has become a staple in the modern world.

Although it's possible to enjoy it in many ways, most people are familiar with the beverage as we know it today: brewed coffee made with ground beans. But that wasn't always the case…

According to popular legend, we have Kaldi the goat herder to thank!

Kaldi was a young goat herder in the mountains of Ethiopia. One day Kaldi observed his goats acting strange. They were prancing and dancing around while they ate something new they had found. At first, Kaldi thought spirits possessed them. Kaldi spotted the goats eating from an unknown tree with red berries. Curious,

he decided to try the berries himself.

The result was a happy goat herder and a new discovery - the coffee bean.

Monks in surrounding areas took notice of this enchanted berry and soon were able to stay awake much longer than normal during their prayers. The red berry became legendary within the small towns of Ethiopia. From that moment forward, coffee was born!

This is the story of how coffee was discovered. We have the young goat herder to thank for the delicious beverage that has become an international sensation.

From its humble origins, the coffee and tea industry has become one of the largest industries in the world. The value of this sector has grown to £2 billion and is predicted to increase over the next two years.

Coburg has been part of the coffee industry for 58 years, roasting coffee in the Thames Barrier area in Woolwich, London. Do you want to learn more about the coffee industry and how coffee beans are harvested and roasted? Call us today 0845 355 3388 or email

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