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The legend says:
Ethiopian shepherds noticed that their goats ate the red fruits of the coffee bush and jumped around after this enjoyment. Then the men prepared an infusion of the coffee cherries and recognized the stimulating effect of the coffee in self-experiment.
The culture of drinking coffee goes back several centuries.
Slave traders first brought coffee to Arabia in the 14th century.
Initially, coffee was mainly used for its invigorating effects
used medicinally. In the 15th century, coffee established itself as a luxury food in
Arabia. Sheikh Gemaleddin cultivated the coffee plant, with seeds from Abyssinia, for the first time in 1454 in what is now Yemen. Even today, the consumption of alcohol is forbidden in the Muslim faith, instead many Muslims prefer the strongly stimulating effect of coffee. Coffee was also drunk in Mecca and Medina, the holy places of Islam. In the second half of the 15th century, the aromatic drink began its triumphant advance from there and quickly spread throughout the Arab world. Here the Arabs also meticulously paid attention to compliance with their coffee monopoly by brewing coffee beans, which were used for sale, with hot water so that they could no longer be used as seeds. Ultimately, coffee also conquered the Egyptian city of Cairo in 1510. Coffee played an increasingly important role in Arabia, Asia Minor, Syria and Egypt. The first coffee houses opened in Damascus and Aleppo as early as 1530.