The story begins in Abyssinia, now Ethiopia, where a goatherd called Kaldi used to take his goats to browse in the endless highlands where could only be seen some bushes laden with beautiful and tasty red berries. These berries mostly eaten by the goats caused them a positive energizing reaction, making them walk kilometers and kilometers without ever losing their breath.
Puzzled, the goatherd reported this fact to the Prior of a Local Monastery in order to get some explanations, thus, sharing with him his last discovery. The Prior, puzzled by this story, hastened in trying those berries to certify by himself whether the story told by Kaldi was the truth or not. The Prior went with the goatherd to the highlands and collected several berries that he took with him to the Monastery. Once there, he made a drink of them and tasted it.
After tasting, the Prior could finally prove that, indeed, those berries stimulated his senses and kept him alert for long hours, besides the fact that they had a unique and distinctive aroma. Thus, he began to drink this beverage regularly, helping him focus on his daily duties and stay more awake. Over time, the message has spread and the drink began to be consumed and required by more and more people, being then known under the name of Kahwa.