Talk by Leen Sadder
Where did Arabic coffee come from and where did it go?
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.
Sources & Future References
- Coffee’s Mysterious Origins
- young Yemeni American is on a quest to bring coffee from the ‘land of Mocha’ to the world
- History of coffee in Yemen
- Coffee and qahwa: How a drink for Arab mystics went global
- The History of Coffee Began in a Tiny City You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
- History of Coffee and port Al-Mokha in Yemen
- The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World – Prices, Fair Trade (1999)
- Google Books
- A Chapter in the History of Coffee: A Critical Edition and Translation of Murtada az-Zabīdī’s Epistle on Coffee
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