Monday, January 30, 2012

Coffee Tales - Another Arabic Legend

Charles Bargue (French artist, c. 1827–1883) An Eastern Coffeehouse

Another tale attributes the discovery of coffee to Sheik Abou'l Hasan Schadheli's disciple, Omar. According to the ancient chronicle (preserved in the Abd-Al-Kadir manuscript), Omar, who was known for curing the sick through prayer, was once exiled from Mocha to a desert cave near Ousab. Starving in that remote place, Omar chewed berries from nearby shrubery, but found them to be bitter. He tried roasting the beans to improve the flavor, but they became hard. He then tried boiling them to soften the bean, which resulted in a fragrant brown liquid. Upon drinking the liquid Omar was revitalized & energized for days. As stories of this "miracle drug" reached Mocha, Omar was asked to return & celebated for his discovery.