The coffee plant Coffea Arabica is native to Africa, and legend has it that in the mountainous forests of Ethiopia its pleasantly stimulating properties became known to people. One story tells that a monk noticed his goats were unusually energetic after eating red berries from a specific tree. The monk reported his findings to the Abbot of the local monastery, who then boiled the berries to create a drink. The abbot found that the drink kept him alert through long hours of evening prayer, and he spread this discovery to other monks. The drink soon gained popularity through Arabia, from where it was gradually spread to the rest of the world.
Shade grown, hand-picked, and sun-dried, this coffee is managed by indigenous communities in Ethiopia known as the Yirgacheffe people.