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Part III -- The Holy Drink

In Ethiopia in 1450, Sheik Gemaleddin, a holy man of Aden, tried coffee to combat his seemingly untreatable ailments. Amazed at his quick recovery, he encouraged other dervishes to spread the word about the wonderful miracle drink.

The world's first coffee shop, Kiva Han, opened in
Constantinople in 1457.
 
At that time coffee was brewed in little pots called "ibriks" or "gesves" which were invented in Egypt to cook coffee in hot sand. Italy was the first European country to use coffee. Soon thereafter, coffeehouses were opened everywhere in Europe and England.

Dervishes throughout Yemen, Aden, Cairo and Mecca used coffee in all-
night religious ceremonies. It increased their stamina and concentration
during intense prayer and meditation.


Click HERE for The Legend of Omar the Dervish.

As Islam spread to Turkey, the Balkan States, Spain and northern Africa, so did
coffee. In fact, some sources claim that it became known as
"the drink of Islam."

Read more about TURKISH COFFEE here.


15th Century Sufis in Yemen
valued coffee's ability to keep them alert during nighttime worship. From their communal services, coffee drinking evolved as a group activity, a trait that carried over to the general Muslim population who shunned alcohol.

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