Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Coffee Tales - Turkish Coffee for the wives

Modern-day Turkish coffee service

Coffee in Turkey was popular among both men & women.

In 1475, Turkish law allows a woman to divorce her spouse if he does not supply a daily coffee quota.

Leonarhard Rauwolf (1535-1596), German physician, botanist, & the 1st European to mention coffee, who became acquainted with the beverage in Aleppo in 1573, telling how the drink was prepared by the Turks, says:
"In this same water they take a fruit called Bunnu, which in its bigness, shape, and color is almost like unto a bayberry, with two thin shells surrounded, which, as they informed me, are brought from the Indies; but as these in themselves are, and have within them, two yellowish grains in two distinct cells, and besides, being they agree in their virtue, figure, looks, and name with the Bunchum of Avicenna and Bunco, of Rasis ad Almans exactly: therefore I take them to be the same."

Leonarhard Rauwolf. Aigentliche beschreibung der Raisis so er vor diser zeit gegen auffgang inn die morgenlaender volbracht. Lauwingen, 1582–83. Leonhard Rauwolff (also spelled Leonhart Rauwolf) (1535–1596) was a German physician, botanist, & traveler. Mostly he is known for a trip he made through the Levant & Mesopotamia in 1573-75, searching herbal medicines. Shortly after he returned, he published a set of new botanical descriptions with an herbarium. Later he published a general travel narrative of his visit.

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