Coffee and Its Origins

Article and Photos by Lawrence Aritao. Also available on Medium via http://bit.ly/2VMR4jl. Even in legends, the beloved coffee plant, whose cherry yields two opposing beans, lends itself to two storylines. An ancient kingdom named Abyssinia once ruled the land we now call Ethiopia. Abyssinia also ruled part of Eritrea, and at one point, even Yemen. In this kingdom grew the plant which gave coffee to the world. Where, precisely, did coffee originate? Historical and botanical texts tell us that the coffee plant first took root in fertile Ethiopia. However, a minority report in W. Ukers’ All About Coffee says that the plant … Continue reading Coffee and Its Origins