The Legend The most widely cited legend about the discovery of coffee is that of the goat-herd Kaldi from a village named Kaffa in Ethiopia noticed that his goats pranced excitedly after chewing berries from coffee bushes that he also tasted and enjoyed their stimulating effect. A monk who found Kaldi in that invigorated state also tasted the cherries and took some and planted the seeds in the vicinity of his monastery near Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile River. He harvested the coffee cherries, boiled them and gave the beverage to his brethren. As a result they were kept awake during their long prayers at night. Thus, coffee was discovered. The earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the fifteenth century, in the Sufi monasteries of the Yemen in southern Arabia. From Mocha, coffee spread to Egypt and North Africa, and by the 16th century, it had reached the rest of the Middle East, Persia and Turkey. From the Middle East, coffee drinking spread to Italy, then to the rest of Europe, and coffee plants were transported by the Dutch to the East Indies and to the Americas According to the International Coffee Organisation, The first coffeehouses or kaveh kanes opened in Mecca and quickly spread throughout the Arab world, thriving as places where chess was played, gossip was exchanged and singing, dancing and music were enjoyed. Nothing quite like this had existed before: a place where social and business life could be conducted in comfortable surroundings and where - for the price of a cup of coffee – anyone could venture. From the inception of the coffeehouse in Mecca to the present, customers in cafés tend to talk and read rather than dance, play chess rather than gamble, and listen contemplatively to music rather than sing. cafe image by daniel mauch from Fotolia.com Coffee houses became popular spots for social gathering, for intellectuals as well as local workers. People of all classes could usually afford a cup of coffee, even more so than they could a beer. Coffee houses became places to write, read, relax and discuss current events as well as artistic trends and happenings.
Our coffeehouse’s name “Kafficho” refers to the people of Kaffa region in Ethiopia, where the birth of coffee was, and also referring to their language, the language of coffee.
Kafficho Coffee® was founded on a vision of a coffee house franchise that would capture the best practices of the traditional and the modern day coffee-house industry while introducing a unique essence into what is considered by many to be a homogonous market. Kafficho Coffee® endeavours to break the mould by creating an extraordinary experience for the scrupulous coffee-loving consumer - one that is memorable for all the senses.
With 20 years of experience cooking in the finest restaurants, our chef is excited to present their vision to you and all our guests. Our caring and committed staff will ensure you have a fantastic experience with us.