Today is National Coffee Day, so hoist those cups of java and drink to your heart’s delight.
Since there are five authors of historical fiction sharing this blog, I think the first order of business should be a little history on the subject of coffee. Now, quit that yawning—I’ll do my best to make it interesting!
My research tells me that coffee dates back as far as the 9th century when it was discovered by an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi. I’m not sure who gathered this information from Kaldi the goat herder, but the story goes that he noticed the stimulating effects that coffee berries had on his goats and he began to experiment with the coffee berries. I don’t know about you, but I’m picturing a herd of goats having a mighty good time in the Ethiopian countryside.
And I’ll bet Kaldi didn’t get much sleep with those caffeinated goats running around all night. But, I do think we owe Kaldi a debt of gratitude for the sacrifices he made on behalf of coffee drinkers everywhere.
A century after Kaldi and the goats decided caffeine was a good thing, coffee began being roasted and traded by Arabs. From there, the beans entered Indian and European markets, and the first coffee shop opened in Constantinople in 1475—and it wasn’t named Starbucks. Fast forward to 2010 where over 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year and where coffee is a world commodity that is second only to oil.
Now that you’ve finished this brief history lesson, you can hurry out to celebrate at your favorite Starbucks or you can stay home and enjoy a cup of your own. I’m not sure how many methods there are for brewing coffee, but here are just a few: drip, French press, Turkish, percolator, expresso, vacuum, Neopolitan flip, instant, and my favorite, Keurig. (I have Kim to thank for introducing me to the wonders of the Keurig.) And whether you use vacuum packed, instant, grind your own beans, flavored, or K-cups, take an extra moment to savor the goodness. And be sure to drink an extra cup for Kaldi and the goats. After all, it’s National Coffee Day!
May you find joy as you savor the goodness of God’s love. ~Judy
P.S. And for those of you who are wondering, I did make it to my book signing and back home without getting lost, so thank you for your prayers.