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1001 Inventions – Muslim Heritage in Our World, 2nd edition

The Coffee Trail: Origins of the Global Beverage

“Coffee is the common man’s gold, and like gold, it brings to every person the feeling of luxury and nobility”

Sheikh ‘Abd al-Kadir, who wrote the earliest known history of coffee manuscript in 1588 (see 1001 Inventions – Muslim Heritage in Our World, 2nd Edition. This wonderful book is available at our store.)

The story of coffee has its beginnings in Ethiopia, which is the original home of the coffee plant (coffea arabica). This plant still grows wild in the highlands of Ethiopia. The most popular legend concerning the origins of coffee is the account of Khalid, an Abyssinian goatherd, who lived around 850AD in the town of Kaffa. One day, he observed his goats behaving in an abnormally exuberant manner. He noticed that they were eating the bright red berries that grew on the green bushes nearby. Khalid tried a few himself, and soon he felt a novel sense of elation. He filled his pockets with the berries and hurried home to share his new discovery to his wife. She declared the berries heaven-sent!

16th century manuscript showing a coffee house with men drinking coffeeNobody knows the exact origins of coffee as a beverage, although there is certainty that it originated in Ethiopia. From there, it travelled to Yemen, and from Arabia it began its journey around the world. As early as the 9th century AD, cups of coffee were made in Yemen by a group of Sufis, who boiled the beans and drank the liquid to assist them in staying awake all night in prayers and remembrance of God (Allah). A group of these students took it to Cairo, using it in their study circles at al-Azhar university. From there, the habit of drinking coffee became popular in most Middle Eastern countries. By the 13th century, it reached Turkey.

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