Ethiopians claim coffee is their gift to the world. Legend has it that a young Abyssinian shepherd noticed to his amazement that his goats pranced in an unusually frisky manner after chewing the bright red berries From a tree. He too tried the berries and enjoyed their stimulating effect. A monk from a neighboring monastery who found the boy in that invigorated state and decided to try the berries and felt quite alive
during nightly prayer.
Soon the news spread and all the monks in the area were chewing the berries before their nightly supplications.