We at EATS (Eumundi and Sunshine Plaza) believe that coffee is more than just a drink: It’s a culture, an art, and a passion.
Coffee grown worldwide – as some would say – can trace its heritage back centuries to the ancient coffee forests.
However, there are rumours saying that coffee was (or was not) discovered in Yemen.
The most popular legends of coffee usually go something like this:
Ethiopia’s Coffee Origin Myth
The story goes that Kaldi discovered coffee: 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.
He filled his pockets with the berries and ran home to announce his discovery.
Kaldi reported his discovery “heaven sent” to the abbot of the local monastery, who made a drink with the berries. They vowed to drink it daily as an aid to their religious devotions and to keep them awake during prayers.
Yemen’s Coffee Origin Myths
The Yemenite Sufi mystic Ghothul Akbar Nooruddin Abu al-Hasan al-Shadhili was traveling through Ethiopia. He encountered some very energetic birds that had been eating the fruit of the bunn plant. Tired from his journey, he decided to try these berries for himself and he found that they produced an energetic state in him as well.
Whatever story you may believe the important part remains the same: the transformation of coffee. Through the establishment of the first coffee houses in Mecca a trendy social drink occurred.
Known as Kaveh Kanes, these coffee houses were originally religious meeting places, but soon became social meeting places for gossip, singing and story-telling.
Luckily, we at EATS have a delicious and award-winning coffee – curated by experts.
Head in and grab yourself a delicious coffee at EATS!