is rumoured to have been found by
a Yemeni shepherd who observing
his some goats grazing upon reddish berries from a bush, and
subsequently becoming restless and excited, reported the incident
to the local holy man. The latter boiled the berries,
then distilled a bitter beverage.
It was only after the discovery of roasting that coffee became
popular throughout the Islamic world.
Many Arabian legends and the Greek poet Homer tell of a mysterious
black substance that has the power
of stimulation however the first
reported incident of coffee goes
to 800BC. .
The West however came across coffee in the late 17th century
where as the story goes, the Turks left behind a sack-full after
their defeat at the gates of Vienna. It was not long after that
coffee was assimilated
into western culture.