The "Truth" About Coffee
In the Ethiopian highlands, where the legend of Kaldi, the goatherd, originated, coffee trees grow today as they have for centuries. Though we will never know with certainty, there probably is some Truth to the Kaldi legend.
It is said that he discovered coffee after noticing that his goats, upon eating berries from a certain tree, became so spirited that they did not want to sleep at night.
Kaldi dutifully reported his findings to the abbot of the local monastery who made a drink with the berries and discovered that it kept him alert for the long hours of evening prayer. Soon the abbot had shared his discovery with the other monks at the monastery, and ever so slowly knowledge of the energizing effects of the berries began to spread. As word moved east and coffee reached the Arabian Peninsula, it began a journey which would spread its reputation across the globe.
Today coffee is grown in a multitude of countries around the world. Whether it is Asia or Africa, Central or South America, the islands of the Caribbean or Pacific, all can trace their heritage to the trees in the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau.
At Hartford House we pride ourselves on using local, fresh produce, however that being said we do at times venture out of our local pantry to frequent the riches of the rest of the land! Cape Town local roastry Truth is worth the journey, when it lands on our doorstep, and we extract the delicious, hazelnut richness from those perfectly roasted beans, the result is a cup that is truly remarkable. Voted in the Top 10 of the World's Finest Coffee Roasteries and coffee shops, Truth is a must visit when next you visit the mother city! But if you find yourself meandering through the KZN Midlands, we too can share a little cup of the Truth goodness.