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Coffee; The History

Most of us enjoy a hot cup of hot coffee and some accompamnent such as bread, chapati, arrowroots, yams, mandazi, or yams; in the morning for breakfast without having a clue of coffee’s origin. Coffee’s unique taste and aroma is irresistible especially the Arabica type which is grown in Kenya.   
 

The story goes that coffee is a wild plant that originates from East Africa. The origins are mysterious; the effects of coffee were initially observed on Kaldi’s goats as he was herding; they danced after eating a particular berry. On noticing this new phenomenon, he decided to try out the berries, which made him to feel energetic. Kaldi was excited about the new discovery, so he took the berries to a monk, who shared them with others. From this point onwards, the mysterious berries that came to be known as coffee spread to all parts of the world. The Arab region initiated the first businesses that pioneered coffee use as a beverage. Sufi mystics took coffee to extend the long sessions of dancing. Afterwards, coffee use spread to secular people, the Muslim regions of the time then later to the Americas and Europe in the period of exploration.
 

The coffee in Kenya came from Ethiopia and was first planted in 1893 in the Bura Town, which is on Taita Hills. Then in 1900, it was grown under irrigation in Kibwezi and in 1904 it found its way to Kikuyu area CBK. Thereafter, in 1923 coffee reached the Kisii and Meru regions (CBK).

 
References
Coffee Board of Kenya (CBK). History of Coffee. http://www.coffeeboardkenya.co.ke/index.php/kenyan-coffee/history-of-coffee

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