As oftentimes happens, stories from hundreds or thousands of years ago get mixed up when told today. The story of coffee is no different.
When the origin story cannot even get the discoverer’s name correct (was it Kaldi or Khalid?), and cites the year this happened as sometime “around 750 AD,” then that is a sure sign that this story has seen some changes occur over time.
Most herders are very in tune with their animals, and as the story goes ((continued))
Coffee first came around about 1000 years ago, but it wasn’t until the 1400s that coffee roasting technology really started to take off, beginning in the middle east. The first methods weren’t really that fancy and really just consisted over a large flat spoon that got placed into a fire, with a smaller stirring spoon to help evenly roast everything.
As time went on, it started to become a flat perforated pan with a long handle that was placed over a large container of coals. Still not too fancy, but it got the job done. A couple hundred years later a large cylinder with a crank was developed to allow for roasting higher quantities.