When coffee houses started opening up all over Europe in the middle of the seventeenth century, their featured drink was presented as a person’s alternative to alcohol. Coffee houses have been popular ever since, often functioning as a place to socialize, hold meetings, read poetry or just relax.
There are several stories – or myths – about the origin of coffee; the most popular is the story of a Yemeni goat herder of which the most popular and best-known story of a Yemeni goat herder.
One night the goat herder noticed his goats dancing excitedly near a bush they were grazing on, which bore a number of bright red berries. The herder tried the berries and started his own dance. The word of the effects of this plant spread to the local monastery, where the local Imam started using coffee to help him stay awake during the evening prayers.
Despite this story, it has since been proven that the true origin of coffee was in present day Ethiopia. Arab traders are thought to have been responsible for the movement of coffee seeds and plants from Ethiopia to Yemen and eventually around the world.