|Biographical detail : ||He who introduced coffee to the world
While tending his goats in the Kaffa region of southern Ethiopia, Khalid noticed his animals became livelier after eating a certain berry. He boiled the berries to make the first coffee.
Certainly the first record of the drink is of beans exported from Ethiopia to Yemen where Sufis drank it to stay awake all night to pray on special occasions. By late 15th century it had arrived in Makkah and Turkey from where it made its way to Venice in 1645.
A Turk named Pasqua Rosee who opened the first coffee house, in 1650, in Lombard Street in the City of London brought coffee in England.
The Arabic qahwa became the Turkish Kahve then the Italian café and then English coffee.