Saturday, January 28, 2012

Coffee Tales - An old Arab legend on the origin of coffee

Amadeo Preziosi (1816-1882)-Inside a Turkish Coffee House, 1858

There are several legendary accounts of the origin of the drink itself in Arab countries. One account involves the Yemenite Sufi mystic Ghothul Akbar Nooruddin Abu al-Hasan al-Shadhili. When traveling in Ethiopia, the legend goes, he observed birds of unusual vitality, and, upon trying the berries that the birds had been eating, experienced the same vitality. He brought the seeds back home with him.

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