Updated: Nov 16, 2018
The history of coffee started around the 15th century. But the first coffee legend can date back to Ethiopia. Legend says that there was a goat herder named Kaldi who had discovered coffee originally. He saw that after his goats ate some particular berries, they became so perky that they didn't want to sleep at night!
Kaldi had shown his findings to an abbot at a local monastery who made a drink out of these beans. It kept him awake during long hours of work. That abbot shared his concoction with other monks, and then it started to spread.
Coffee cultivation started on the Arabian peninsula, and by the 16th century, coffee was known through Egypt, Syria, Turkey, and Persia. Coffee houses soon came to life after. Otherwise known as qahveh khaneh, this was a place for customers to drink coffee and listen to music. Thousands of people visited the coffee houses, and soon coffee traveled to other countries.
In the mid-1600's, coffee was brought to New Amsterdam, later called New York by the British. Tea was the favored drink in America until 1773 during the Boston Tea Party, where it became coffee.
That was the beginning of coffee. From the moment Kaldi gave the coffee beans to the abbot, to when coffee houses began, that was the evolution of America's (and the world's) favorite caffeinated drink.