There may be others out there that may disagree with me, but for me this magic bean is the most sought after bean in all the world. This magic bean has been associated with religion. Possessing the ability of sustaining the one who drank the fragrant brown liquid during fasting of Ramadan. This magical bean has also been associated with the birthday of Mohammad were stories account Mohammad was given the magical bean by the Arch Angel Gabriel as a drink to replace wine which was forbidden in the faith.
From its origins in the country of Ethiopia this magical bean has founded many legends in the world. One such legend revolves around a disciple of Sheikh Abu al-Hasan ash-Shadhili’s, named Omar. Known for his abilities to heal the sick through prayer was banished from Mecca to a desert cave near Ousab city. There, starving, he ate red berries on a nearby shrub. They were bitter to him, so he tried roasting them only to find the berries very hard. Next, he boiled them and from that magical bean flowed a fragrant brown liquid sustaining Omar’s life for many days. When the stories of the magic bean reached Mecca Omar, was asked to return and made a Saint.
Sufis in Yemen used the beverage as an aid to concentration and thought the magical bean a spiritual intoxication when they chanted the name of God. They used it to keep themselves alert during their nighttime devotions.
Similarly, this magical bean was banned by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church some time before the 18th century then reinstated in the mid-19th century.
This magical bean also noted by the merchant Philippe Sylvestre Dufour in the 10th century CE. Then by a Persian physician know as Rhazes in the West, but information on the preparation of the beverage derived from the magical bean dates several centuries later. He found that among its properties was that it drove away fatigue and lethargy, and brought to the body energy and vigor.
This magical bean coffee bean is now found in many parts of the world and enjoyed by millions daily.