The Forgotten History of Qahwa

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Talk by Leen Sadder




Where did Arabic coffee come from and where did it go?


Date: 9/3/2016
Originally presented in Dubai
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How do we know so little about the origins of the second most traded commodity in the world? Turns out, the history of coffee has deep roots in Middle Eastern history and can be traced back to the Port of Mocha in Yemen, where Sufis are said to have brewed the first cup of coffee in order to stay up all night to perform religious ceremonies and prayers. Coffee then spread throughout the Ottoman Empire, where it was banned regularly over a span of 200 years for its “intoxicating” effects, controversial etimology and ability to bring people together to discuss political and social issues in public.

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