This Week’s Share
We’re finishing up the bag of Fair Trade Organic Peruvian coffee from the El Palto cooperative from the Cajamarca region. While the coffee came from this cooperative, it was packaged for individual farmers, so over the past year we have had beans from three different farmers. We’ve got a new Peruvian coffee arriving tomorrow.
An Ethiopian Legend
Do you know the story of how our consumption of coffee originated? Here is an oft repeated story as documented by the National Coffee Association of the USA.
Coffee grown worldwide can trace its heritage back centuries to the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau. There, legend says the goat herder Kaldi first discovered the potential of these beloved beans.
The story goes that that Kaldi discovered coffee after he noticed that after eating the berries from a certain tree, his goats became so energetic that they did not want to sleep at night.
Kaldi reported his findings to the abbot of the local monastery, who made a drink with the berries and found that it kept him alert through the long hours of evening prayer. The abbot shared his discovery with the other monks at the monastery, and knowledge of the energizing berries began to spread.
As word moved east and coffee reached the Arabian peninsula, it began a journey which would bring these beans across the globe.
–The NRR Team–