Coffee is the second most widely traded legal commodity on earth – second only to oil. It is estimated that between six and eight hundred million people make their living from the coffee industry, from the farmer carefully pruning their trees through to the barista extracting the perfect shot. There are many stories describing the discovery of coffee. They are all probably part truth, part myth, but this is our favourite.
Before espresso macchiato and caramel lattes, this story of coffee begins in Ethiopia with, of all things, a goatherd.