At St Teresa’s we continued our Wednesday activity to pick up an interesting topic and read about it – with refreshments of course! Our subject this month was everyone’s favourite – coffee! We specially prepared ground coffee – called Turkish coffee – with the assistance of our fantastic kitchen staff. Then during the nice cool afternoon residents sat in the conservatory and enjoyed a cup of hot strong coffee with biscuits and got absorbed in interesting reading about the history of coffee – where it originated, how it became so popular and enjoyed around the world and all the fascinating facts about it.
Residents found it most interesting that coffee was discovered by a goat herder, Kaldi, who first realised the potential of these beloved beans in the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau. He noticed that when his goats were eating the fruits from a special bush they got very energised and excited, and did not sleep all night. He reported it to the abbot of the local monastery who made a drink with the coffee beans and found that it kept him alert through the long hours of evening prayer. The abbot shared his discovery with the other monks at the monastery, and knowledge of the energizing berries began to spread.