The discovery of coffee is shrouded in mystery and myths. Most common is that shepherds in the mountains of Yemen noticed that their goats were particularly energetic and frisky after having eaten the fruits of the coffee bushes. The shepherds took some of the berries to their religious leaders, but they, fearing that the red fruits were fruits of the devil, tossed them into the fire. The tantalizing aroma of the roasting coffee beans changed their minds; they brewed the coffee in water and tasted the resulting liquid. They equated the spirited "high" they experienced as a godsend.
Another legend tells that when the Prophet Mohammed was ill, Allah sent an angel with a liquid call "Kava" that not only cured him instantly, but also helped him unseat 40 horsemen from their saddles and to introduce 40 women to the mysteries of lovemaking.
Modern belief is that the source of the beverage is in Ethiopia's Kaffa region. Moslem inhabitants sent the beans of the coffee bushes growing in the region to the Arabian Peninsula, where they were a carefully guarded secret. But coffee beans were concealed and smuggled out to India and Turkey.
Many are the legends on how coffee reached Europe. Here at Arcaffè we like to believe that the first beans arrived through the Italian port of Livorno, at the beginning of the 18th century. In 1954 a number of local city merchants united under the leadership of the Meschini Family established a coffee roasting society called ARCAFFE , which at present is 100% owned by the Meschini Family. From Livorno, so the legend goes, the coffee first reached Amsterdam. Local residents grew the coffee in hothouses, and it began to spread throughout Europe. According to legend, a coffee sapling reached Louis 14th in Paris, and from there coffee spread to Central and South America