Once upon a time there was a young boy named Jack. He lived with his mother in a small village. Unfortunately, Jack and his mother were very poor.
One day Jack’s mom told him to take their scrawny cow to town and to trade it for some food. Jack was an obedient boy, and even though the cow was his friend, he wanted to honor his Mother’s wishes, and they did need some food, so with a heavy heart, he left for town.
On the way there he met a little man, who told him that he would give Jack magic beans in exchange for the cow. The man said that if Jack took the magic beans and ran some water over them, that they would make him more money than he had ever seen.
Jack didn’t really feel like walking all the way to town, so he said “sure” and made the trade.
As he started going back to his house, he realized what an idiot he had been to believe a stranger and trade his cow. His only hope was that the beans really were magic. He ran to the river and let the water run over the tin cup which held the beans. The beans didn’t jump, or talk, or any other magic thing.
Feeling hopeless, he returned home with the gross looking bean water. When his mom saw it and heard the story, she was so mad that she threw the beans and even the cup into the fire. She then started crying as the cup of bean water steamed. It was only a minute or two before a strange smell started wafting from the fireplace.
She fished the cup out of the fire and took a slow sip. It was wonderful. She felt so alive! She knew then that the beans truly were magic, and she hugged her son. Then they stayed up all night planning their marketing strategies and lived rich and happily ever after.
And now you know how coffee was invented.