Friday, January 27, 2012

What was coffee originally used for?

"Coffee" as some may call it was not always used as a drink. In the early times coffee was prescribed by physicians and used in different religious ceremonies. It was used to treat lots of different ailments and was prescribed to drink as hot as it can be by little spoonfuls. The different ailments that it was prescribed for include, but are not limited to:
  1. kidney stones
  2. gout
  3. smallpox
  4. measles
  5. coughs
  6. to stop menstrual courses
  7. the pain of menstrual courses
  8. headaches
  9. and many more.... 
Coffee drinking was offered to the monks in order that they need not to drink alcoholic beverages. Then, they would drink it after the different ceremonies (or when it got loud in the different mosques). First, the monks would drink the coffee, but the monks soon had their fill. Then, the Imam would offer it to the others who had been there at that time. The others quickly took a liking  to this and they spread the word from mosque to mosque.

I will keep on posting about the background of Coffee, but here is a cool book to check out THE WORLD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COFFEE by: Mary Banks, Christine McFadden, and Catherine Atkinson

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