Muslims’ drink – the coffee story

Well, who would have guessed?

Coffee was discovered by Muslims and much loved by Muslims since generations.

We don’t know exactly when coffee was discovered as a drink. Before that, coffee beans were just eaten.

According to Wikipedia, The history of coffee goes at least as far back as the 13th century, with a number of reports and legends surrounding its first use. The native (undomesticated) origin of coffee is thought to have been in East Africa, specifically from Ethiopia. It may have been first cultivated by Arabs in the 14th century, but[1] the earliest substantiated evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears to have been in the middle of the 15th century, in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen.[2] By the 16th century, it had reached the rest of the Middle East, Persia, Turkey and northern Africa. Coffee then spread to the Balkans, Italy and to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia and then to America.[]


It is believed that it was discovered in Ethiopia then brought to Yemen and first CULTIVATED there.

The first coffeehouse was in Mecca – later coffeehouse popularity travelled outside of the Arabian peninsula to Cairo (near Al-Azhar), then Damascus, then Istanbul.
coffee is called kawe in many countries(from arabic word: qahwa).

[Note: the date mentioned on the photo may seemed confusing because they have mixed up gregorian dates with hijri dates]