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Coffee Chronicles, Part 11

Coffee has played such a central role in the development of many nations that it is inevitable that a great number of legends are attributed to coffee. The primary legend begins in Yemen's Chehodet Monastery where a monk found from a shepherd by name of Kaldi that his camels and his goats stayed awake all night once they had been feasting on coffee cherries. In order to be able to stay awake all night to be able to pray longer, the monk was allegedly the first person to make a beverage out of the coffee cherries and thus was the beginning of coffee as a beverage.

There's even an informal legend with regards to Muhammad: there was apparently one day when the prophet was feeling ill and the Archangel Gabriel came to his aid bringing to him a potion which was given directly from Allah to the prophet. The drink was as dark as the Black Stone of Mecca, which was commonly known as Qahwa, and Muhammad drank it and was able to feel better almost at once in order to continue on his historic journeys.

There are many similar legends in the history of coffee including one that states that coffee was first prepared by an Imam from an Arabic monastery who brewed the first cups and passed them around to the rest of the monks in the convent who were able to stay up all night without feeling sleepy or tired at all.

Another story tells of an Arab monk, the sheik Ali Ben Omar who was left by himself during a trip towards Moka, the city where he was accompanying his master Schadeli who had died during the journey. An angel appeared to him and encouraged him to go towards that city which was currently being hit by a horrible pestilence. Due to his prayers to Allah he was able to restore health to many ill people including the daughter of the king who fell in love with him.

The king, however told the monk to leave the town and he went to live in the solitude the mountaintops where he prayed for the health of his dead master. His dead master from the other world sent him a magnificent bird with many colored plumage and a hypnotic song.

Due to the melodious singing of the bird, Omar came close to the bird and suddenly a tree of white flowers and red fruits appeared which was supposed to be the first plant of coffee. He picked some of its cherries, made a coffee beverage out of it and was able to offer it to the Pilgrims who he received in his refuge. Once the word spread around the Kingdom of the magical qualities of the beverage that Omar was brewing, the monk was called back to the castle by the king and was received with great honors.

Continued in Coffee Chronicles, Part 12

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