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A bit of history:
According to legend, an Abyssinian goatherd discovered coffee around 850 AD. He observed his goats chewing bright red berries that grew on some green bushes nearby. The goats became increasingly active and lively after a while. The goatherd tried a few berries himself and soon felt a sense of elevation. He filled his pockets with the berries and ran to a monastery to show his discovery. The monks didn’t trust the beans and burned them in the fire. Within minutes the monastery was filled with the aroma of roasting beans. The chief monk ordered the grains to be placed in a safe place covered with hot water to preserve the new discovery. That night the monks assembled to drink the rich fragrant brew, and vowed that they would drink it daily to keep them awake during their long, nocturnal devotions.
While this popular account provides a religious approval for the drinking of roasted coffee, it is also known that some ethnic groups, amongst others the people of the OROMO tribe, were the first to consume coffee.
Kaffa, the province in the south-western highlands where the beans first blossomed, gave its name to the liquid gold known today as coffee.
A new experience
Coffee tastes have changed over the past decade. We realised that coffee can be more than a dark liquid that keeps you awake. With special roasting and brewing techniques we are now able to extract a vast variety of distinct aromas and flavours from the beans. OROMO is on a mission to help you explore this exciting new world.