According to one story, the effect of coffee beans on behavior was noticed by a sheep herder from Ethiopia. He noticed that the sheep became hyperactive after eating the red “cherries” from a certain plant. He tried a few, and was soon as overactive as his herd. Another legend gives us the name for coffee or “mocha.” An Arabian was banished to the desert with his followers to die of starvation. In desperation, they boiled and ate the fruit from an unknown plant. Not only did the broth save the exiles, but their survival was taken as a religious sign by the residents of the nearest town, Mocha. The plant and its beverage were named Mocha to honor this event.
Resource: The Abbotsford Farmer’s Market