Today, is the day in between National Coffee Day (September 30) and International Coffee Day (October 1) so we will talk about coffee. Personally, I never touch the stuff, but lots of people love it and my interest was peaked by the story of Kalid, a 9th century goatherd in Ethiopia. Allegedly, he noticed how excited his goats became when they munched on the leaves of the coffee plant which is endemic to Ethiopia and Sudan and we have the first mention of coffee. (I love goats so immediately I was interested.) Sheikh Omar was the first to use coffee. For some reason or other he was starving in the area and tried to eat the beans off some coffee trees. They were too bitter and tough so he boiled them and, voila, coffee was invented. He lived as a result of his coffee experiment and started using coffee as medicine to heal others. The stories reached Mocha in Yemen and eventually his work made Sheikh Omar into a Saint. Coffee spread throughout the Arab world through Egypt and Yemen. The use of coffee as a drink spread round the world and was introduced into Brazil by 1727. It has become the primary export for several African and Central American countries. By 1920, half of all coffee produced was consumed in the United States.
The Dromedary yarn (30% camel, a luxury fiber) pictured below is a tenuous link between coffee and yarn. Camels were used in the early transport of coffee, they still are used in the Arab world, and sometimes it seems as if their irritable tempers might be improved with a sip of coffee. Have a great International Coffee Day and enjoy your coffee!