Okay, coffee lovers! Time to get out your pom-poms (or pompons for you grammarists) and pay homage! This post is about the origins and discovery of our beloved coffee bean!
I absolutely love recounting this epic tale, as it is a testimony to fact being stranger than fiction and to the powers of observation and to sharing fun stuff with others.
Enjoy this bit of coffee lore. And share it with your friends the next time you are driving by a field of frisky goats! You are sure to impress them with this little-known fact about the most popular beverage on the planet!
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And a quick PS for you introverted, infatuated-with-your-favorite-barista folk: Have you been wanting to strike up a conversation with that really cute barista? Dazzle him/her with your trivia knowledge? Maybe get his/her number? This cup would be the perfect way to get that convo started! At the very least, you are going to have to demonstrate to him/ her how your unique cup stands upright while they are making your bar beverage. Am I right?
On to the history lesson . . . Do you want to guess who gets credit for discovering coffee? Some Spanish explorer? No. Some Ethiopian King’s personal chef? No. Some extra-smart herbalist roaming the planet? No.
It was GOATS. Yes, goats who discovered the power of the coffee bean! Of course, it took the observing eye of the good goatherd Kaldi to do the subsequent and necessary Hear ye! Hear ye! about his goats’ discovery of the benefits of the coffee bean. After all, the grazing capra aegagrus hircus needed a voice to spread the word.
According to the National Coffee Association , there once were some amazing and ancient coffee forests — yes, forests! — on the Ethiopian plateau. It was here where our good buddy Kaldi was not only grazing his herd but paying attention as well.
Kaldi’s goats were gadding about like goats do and were eating berries from a particular tree — a coffee tree. After eating the berries, Kaldi couldn’t help but notice that the goats had become so energetic, they refused to go to bed at bedtime. All they wanted to do was romp and play throughout the night.
Imagine poor Kaldi. All tuckered out from herding goats all day . . . and then having to factor in a marathon caffeine buzz to all of that jumping and hopping around that goats are so good at doing. Kind of like giving a bunch of pre-schoolers a few bags of Oreos and some chocolate milk right before you expect them to go down for naptime. Impossible. And you have to remember that Kaldi was probably doing his own un-caffeinated thing at that time — probably some herbal concoction that had a zero caffeine boost. Poor guy.
Aberrant behavior and frisky goats aside, Kaldi managed to make it through that frivolous first night, and he reported his observations to the abbot of a local monastery. The abbot make a concoction with the berries . . .(I can just see him in some Curie-esque, Ethiopian, monastic laboratory with beakers bubbling over with the new brew.) . . . and, lo and behold, the good abbot found that the New Brew kept him remarkably alert through the long and rigorous hours of evening prayer.
The abbot, being a good sort of chap, shared Kaldi’s discovery with the other monks at the monastery, and the word spread more quickly than a wildfire during lightning season in a drought year. Word then moved east to the Arabian peninsula and so the Coffee Movement was born.
Pretty darned cool, huh?
In honor of Kaldi and his rambunctious goats, I found this very fun cup for all of your coffee commuting needs. Think of it as a hands-free commuter’s tribute to the Gang of Goats that surely must have suffered some post-caffeinated let down when they likely weren’t able to put 2 and 2 together in order to keep the Coffee High going. I like to think that they did return to said-coffee-tree ,and they continued to munch away to their insomniac-state of delight. Perhaps they ultimately passed their caffeine-spirited genes down to their boisterous prodigy. You have to admit . . . goats sure can jump!
Let’s call this product the Kaldi Kommuter Kup for purposes of alliteration and to pay homage to Kaldi & the Goat Gang. Nothing like being prepared and cool at the same time! And . . . anyone who unwittingly comments on you sporting this rather absurd-but-super-cool-looking commuter cup will be sure to get an earful regarding the backstory of Kaldi & the Gang. You can dazzle them with this little story that you now have tucked away in your Trivia Arsenal.
“GOAT Mug is a one-of-a-kind coffee mug that was inspired by the first coffee discovery. Its horn shape is a dedication to goats that discovered this elixir of life and it also lets you drink the very last sip. It comes with a set of 2 straps that allow you to carry your coffee, but at the same time reply to a couple of e-mails and carry around your newspaper.”
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- A special horn-shaped coffee mug holds 16 oz. (470 ml) of your favorite coffee drink
- Comes with a set of 2 straps, long and short part, so carrying your coffee mug around is a blast
- Holder can easily transform into a stand, which easily enables placing the mug onto a flat surface
- It’s BPA free and 100% leak proof
- GOAT mug is creating an exquisite experience from coffee drinking
Sporting your horn-shaped Kaldi Kommuter Kup will give you the same euphoric feeling as when you change from jeans to pajama bottoms. Guaranteed!
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