A coffee lover’s guide to the perfect cup.
Today coffee is one of the world’s most widely consumed beverages. Most of us love a good cup of Joe, but few of us realise that the story of coffee begins with a goat – or rather a herd of goats. Back in 1671, a monk called Antonius Faustus Naironus wrote about a ninth-century Ethiopian goatherd named Kaldi who noticed his animals dancing merrily after grazing on the berries of the coffee plant. Curious, the goatherd decided to sample the plant himself, and the first steps on the road towards a global beverage sensation were taken.
Apocryphal tale or not, coffee has become the stuff of legend. Coffee culture has even given rise to its own language, with terminology such as ‘single origin’, ‘fair trade’ and ‘micro roaster’ familiar to even the most ardent of tea drinkers. Clearly there’s a great deal more to coffee than black or white, but ultimately it all comes down to taste.
Source: Roger Wade for Style Magazine