How goats led to the discovery of coffee


A page from my Moleskine A4 watercolor journal

For some of us, the day doesn’t begin until we’ve had coffee. And the rest of us…  honestly, I don’t know another variety of people so let’s all agree this was not a great way to start this post 😀

Sketchbook page composition and materials used: 

I had intended this page to look quite different initially which is why I first drew the central coffee sign but as the sketch evolved, it turned out better than my initial plan. I’ve used a Lamy medium nib pen with Diamine ink in Rustic Brown, Kuretake ZIG Sumi Ink for Manga illustration and a 24-color watercolor palette from Sennelier. 

The text- if you can read it- talks about the story of coffee and how it was discovered (read below) along with a description of the plant and its fruit which gives us the coffee bean.

The story of coffee:

A 9th-century Ethiopian goat-herder, Kaldi noticed the energizing effects on his flock when they nibbled on the bright red berries of a certain bush. Kaldi chewed on the fruit himself and his exhilaration prompted him to bring the berries to a monk in a nearby monastery. But the monk disapproved of their use and threw them into the fire, from which an enticing aroma billowed, causing other monks to come and investigate. The roasted beans were quickly raked from the embers, ground up, and dissolved in hot water, yielding the world’s first cup of coffee.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Now you know something new and interesting about coffee! 🙂

As you know, I sketch almost daily and try different, unrelated topics to maintain variety in my journal pages. If you have any ideas, do let me know in the comments section below! Happy Sketching! 🙂

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