Monday, December 27, 2010

A Sufi Dancer in Cairo, EgyptImage via Wikipedia

Ethiopians chewed coffee seeds as far back as 1000 AD...

By Peter Petterson

First published at Qondio:

Did you know that Ethiopians were chewing the seeds and berries of the coffee plant for its stimulant effects a thousand years ago
Nearby Yemen was the first society to cultivate and roast the beans for brewing - Sufi mystics there used it to to enhance their spiritual experience. Coffee was shipped throughout the Arab world from the Yemeni port of Mocha and finally made its way to Europe in the 17th century.

I know too much coffee is often blamed for the hyperactive effects of caffeine - but spiritual effects? Don't know about that; perhaps coffee has lost its spiritualism? Does it also have magical effects; perhaps on the suppliers pockets?

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