History of coffee: the birth of the first coffees


Every morning millions of people start their day with a cup of coffee, but do you know the story behind this globally consumed drink? Discover the mysterious and legendary history of the most consumed drink in the world after water.

The master of the Sufis Ali ben Omar al-Shadili in Ethiopia

There are different stories relating to the discovery of coffee. The first legend suggests that the true origin of the coffee cherry would come from Ethiopia, in the region of Kaffa. The master of the mystical order of the Sufis, Ali ben Omar al-Shadili, also nicknamed the "saint of Moka" would indeed have found berries during an exile in the desert. He would one day have offered a drink made up of coffee cherries infused in hot water, to the captain of an Indian ship. The latter would then have appreciated the flavor of the coffee.

The story also goes that the Yemenis would have taken Ethiopian coffee plants in the 12th century, to carry out a roasted coffee trade in the Harrar, a veritable market place and historical center of the development of Islam.

The Khaldi shepherd and his goats in Yemen

Coffee farm in Yemen

If the real origins of the first coffee are unknown, another legend also feeds popular beliefs. It is that of the Kahldi shepherd of Abyssinia in the 8th century. The story goes that the first coffee was arguably grown in Yemen after being discovered by a shepherd who used to graze his goats in the Jebel Sabor, in the highlands of Yemen.

It was then that he noticed one day that his animals seemed much more lively than usual, that they were frolicking and jumping everywhere, day and night. After observing them for several days, he noticed that they were feasting on small red berries that looked like cherries. These came from a shrub: the coffee tree.

Intrigued, the shepherd then made the decision to bring his famous treasure back to the monastery of Cheodet to tell the monks of the city about his remarkable discovery. The monks decided to boil the cherries from the coffee tree in water to drink the beverage.

Some time later, the monks Sciadli and Aydrus, in charge of the harvest of coffee kernels were surprised by the rain and placed the damp coffee branches in the hearth of the fireplace to dry them during prayer. When they returned, the roasted cherry pits had spread a delicious smell in the room. The monks decided to reduce the cherries to powder before infusing them in hot water. And that's how the first would be born roasted coffee.

Coffee has a somewhat vague origin

A coffee tree and its fruit

The history of the origin of coffee remains relatively unclear even if everything suggests that it is in Ethiopia that the first coffee plant was born in 850 AD, Koffea Arabica.

As in all legends, we will surely never know what the true origin of the coffee cherry is. Some see the root and origin of the word coffee in Kaffa, name of a historical region in Ethiopia, others in qahwa (wine in Arabic) or even in ka et afa (contraction of "God" and "plants of the earth").

If it is difficult to know which is the most authentic story and to precisely locate its origin, that caffeine drink nonetheless remains the most consumed with nearly 400 billion cups of coffee drunk each year, that's over 1 coffees every second across the world!


Kabioca coffee: a capsule at reduced environmental cost


At Kabioca we have one fixed idea: to provide exceptional coffee without compromising on taste, while having a reduced environmental impact. From the moment of harvesting the coffee through its tasting, to finally return to the earth in the form of compost, we strive to make our coffee in organic capsules fair and especially respecting the environment as much as possible.

So we analyzed the entire logistics chain to create a responsible organic coffee capsule. From the choice of coffee, through our boxes, our capsules and even our website and our servers, we strive to find solutions that respect our planet.  

A fair and fair organic coffee capsule

Our organic coffees are carefully selected to guarantee a decent income for farmers, but above all a coffee that does not use no pesticides, GMOs for at least 5 years. A gentle and reasoned agriculture which does not attack cultivated land.

A revolutionary capsule, totally industrially compostable

The great innovation of Kabioca capsules lies in the choice of its capsule itself, but also a drastic reduction in packaging. The use of these materials in no way affects the ability of Kabioca capsules to deliver perfectly dosed coffee to you. The Nespresso Kabioca compatible organic capsules are completely biodegradable and also compostable in industrial compost. Industrial composting of the capsules takes place over a 12-week cycle and ultimately has no environmental impact. Kabioca coffees are certified Ok Compost and are manufactured with 98,8% of raw materials of renewable origin. Otherwise our Yuka score is 100/100!

In order to respect the recycling cycle, all you need to do is place your used Kabioca capsules in the organic bin (usually green) for recycling waste, they will then be placed in a industrial recycling and will end their life in compost, reusable by our farmers.

Cardboard packaging of your packages from the recyclable sector

The packaging of your package upon delivery was chosen to respect the environment. Resulting from recycling, we thus guarantee an environmental impact reduced to its maximum. The same goes for the adhesive tapes we use to seal your package. These are ecological adhesive rolls made of kraft paper and natural glue, in no way affecting their effectiveness.

You will not find any paper invoice upon receipt of your Kabioca package. We have decided to no longer generate paper invoices, the environmental cost of which is disastrous. All this information can be viewed and printed in your Kabioca customer account, we have made the militant choice to dematerialize all paper invoices.

A carrier that shares our militant values

Our choice of our logistics partner, La Poste via its Colissimo service is not trivial. La Poste shares the same concern for environmental impact as Kabioca. The latter therefore shares our approach by adopting a 100% carbon neutral approach. Numerous actions have been implemented by La Poste Group for more than 20 years, find all the commitments of the La Poste group by clicking on this link.

A less energy-consuming website, optimized servers

Final moment to propose our Nespresso compatible organic coffee capsules, our website. We are working tirelessly to have a light and optimized website whose ecological impact is reduced to its strictest extent. The same goes for our servers, we made the choice of the company OVH, a French company based in Roubaix, world number 3 and whose ecological approach has been accepted for several years.

Photo credit: Next Impact

In this context, OVH is working to reduce the environmental impact of its servers, in particular by having developed a technique for cooling its servers with water, thus reducing its energy consumption by almost 30%.

When you choose Bio Kabioca capsules, it is not just quality organic coffee you are choosing, it is also a militant ecological act!