Origin Box Set

$30.00

Gold Label
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Origin Process
Ethiopia & Yemen
Varietal
The Origin of Coffee Pt 1 Coffee grown worldwide can trace its heritage back centuries to the ancient coffee forests of the Ethiopian highlands. 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.

The ancient walled city of Harrar in eastern Ethiopia was both an ancient trade hub, and an important Islamic spiritual center and was almost certainly the first city that coffee took root in. During its cultural peak of the 15th and 16th centuries coffee helped oil and instigate trade and spiritualism in Harrar.

And while Harar is too far east to be coffee’s original home. That distinction belongs to the Kingdom of Kaffa far to the west. It is Harar’s important location and significance as a cultural and economic epicenter that gave it prominence in the very earliest means of coffee transit and trade.

Harrar was vitally important in connecting eastern Africa with the Arabian peninsula and was almost certainly the city where the first non-Africans – including Dhabhani, the Sufi imam responsible for introducing coffee to Yemen – would have first sipped the beverage.

It is when coffee reaches Yemen that it is transformed into a commercial cash crop. The Yemenese introduced irrigation and 15th Century commercial farming techniques and within a generation of it first landing in the country were producing vast quantities for there own populations increasing demand. Within 100 years of it landing and being farmed Yemen was exporting coffee from the port of Moka and supplying almost the entire world with its increasing drink of choice.

Harrar coffees are prized for their blueberry taste and Yemen for their chocolate. The word moka on a coffee menu means espresso milk and and chocolate and is named after the port of Moka in Yemen and there incredibly chocolaty coffees that they exported for centuries.

In the next installment of the origin of coffee box series we see Coffee Travel east to India and Java Indonesia.

- 6oz Ethiopia Harrar Rashid Abdullahi
- 6oz Yemen Al-Haymah

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