Coffee: The Legend Continues
The history of coffee is made up of many legends. It is part of the cultural heritage of people and stories about it are passed on through the oral tradition of storytelling mixing what is real and what is fantasy. One of these legends, told by Nessia Laniado in the book "Coffee" (Urra-Aogeo) covers the "first roasted coffee." The Galla, an ancient Ethiopian people, discover roasting one day after a large forest fire. Falling to the flames were not oak or fir, but many coffee plants which, when touched by the fire filled the atmosphere with a sweet and penetrating aroma. It is also said that thereafter, the Galla, before leaving for their raids against enemy peoples, ate butter meatballs mixed with roasted and ground coffee in order to stay lively and awake for a long time. We may have refined the way in which we consume coffee today but the desired effect certainly remains the same.
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