Omar was renowned for his ability
to cure the sick through prayer
and medicine. His powers were not
accepted by all however, and he
was forced by his enemies to wander
the desert outside the Yemenite
port of Mocha. Nearing death in
this desert exile, he stumbled upon
a small tree in the arid landscape.
Omar believed the shrub was a sign
from God and he attempted to eat
the berries from the tree, but found
them much too bitter to eat. He
then built a fire, roasted the beans,
and placed them into boiling water.
Finding the beans still too hard
to eat, he drank the boiled water...
miraculously recovered his strength
and was sustained for days! Omar's
magic potion soon had others making
the journey to his cave for his
Soon multitudes of people were spreading
word of the restorative powers of
this amazing new drink.
was eventually invited back to Mocha
where he was made a saint!