Our storyLegend has it that coffee was discovered by an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi. He noticed even the weakest of his herd displayed unusual amounts of energy after eating the cherries off the coffee trees. Coffee is indigenous to Ethiopia and is still picked off wild trees in many parts of the country, lending an element of truth to the legend.
For several centuries coffee was grown almost exclusively in Yemen a part of Arabia that for many years was ruled by the Persians. The capital of which (Mocha) is still a word closely associated with coffee today. The French in the early 1700's were the first to bring coffee to the new world. In 1554 the first coffee house opened in Istanbul, Turkey. In the mid 1600's and through the 1700's more coffee houses opened and coffee replaced cocoa and tea as the exotic beverage of choice throughout Europe.
Coffee was first introduced in India through Chikkamagaluru, where the first coffee blossom was grown in Baba Budan Hills in 1670 A.D by a saint Baba Budan. Chikkamagaluru is famous for its serene environment, lush green forests and tall mountains. Chikkamagaluru is also famous for coffee and is known as the 'coffee land' of Karnataka. It is one of the largest producers of coffee in India. The coffee is grown at an altitude between 2,500 and 4,500 feet with the production of Arabica and Robusta coffee beans. The Arabica coffee plant needs low pH soil, light shade, evenly distributed rain and a temperature of around 20 degree C (68 degree F) to thrive. All of this, plus a longer growing cycle, contributes to Arabica's higher cost. So, next time you see that a coffee contains Arabica beans, you'll know that you hold a precious commodity in your hands.