The discovery of coffee is a fascinating story that has been passed down through the centuries. It is believed that the Moroccan Sufi sheikh Al-Shadhili was the first to discover the energizing power of caffeine. Sheikh Al-Shadhili was traveling through Ethiopia when he noticed that certain birds were eating seeds followed by an unusual burst of energy. After tasting the seeds himself, he experienced similar vigor and was the first man to discover the power of caffeine. The legend of coffee's invention is attributed to Yemeni Sufi mystic Ghothul Akbar Nooruddin Abu al-Hasan al-Shadhili.
He was traveling through Ethiopia, presumably on spiritual matters, when he found some very energetic birds that had been eating the fruit of the bunn plant (known elsewhere as the coffee plant). Tired from his journey, he decided to try these berries for himself and found that they also gave him an energetic state. In 1871, John Arbuckle invented a machine that filled, weighed, sealed and labeled coffee on paper packages. This invention revolutionized the way coffee was packaged and sold, making it more accessible to people around the world. Today, coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world.
It is enjoyed by millions of people every day and has become an integral part of many cultures. From its humble beginnings as a mysterious energizing berry in Ethiopia, coffee has come a long way to become one of the most beloved drinks in the world.