Have you ever heard the word Sufi?
Perhaps it makes you remember Rumi Sufi Poetry which has become the best selling poetry in the Western world, or a meditation circle you’ve once been told about involving the word Sufi.
The word Sufi comes from the Arabic word ‘suuf’ meaning wool. It was this rough wool which Sufis would wear to challenge their comforts of ‘this world’ in the pursuit of the ‘next world’.
Now, let us take you into our world at Sufi Monks, into an aspect of Sufi History, that being the chosen drink of the Sufis, Coffee. The history of the origin of Coffee and the Wine of Arabia starts in 1400 AD in the Port of Mokha, Yemen, located in the south of the Arabian peninsula.
It all starts with me, the Sufi Monk.
The origin of coffee is often linked to an Ethiopian Sheppard by the name of Khaldi whose sheep ate coffee ‘fruit’ and became stimulated by them. This story is recognised as the earliest coffee origin myth.
However, it was in Yemen, in the Port of Mokha, where the Sufi Ali Ibn Omar al-Shadhili, roasted coffee beans and brewed the world’s first cup of coffee. This was said to happen around 1400AD, 600 years ago.
The drink was known to be drunk in Sufi gatherings where they would remember God. Coffee would help the Sufis get into high spiritual states. These Sufis then travelled throughout parts of the world and on their journeys, brought coffee beans, thereby beginning the spread of coffee across the world.
For most of the history of the Muslim world, alcohol was prohibited for it’s highly intoxicating effects. When Yemeni Sufi monks in the 15th century started brewing and drinking coffee, an altered version was created that had the effect of wine, which was forbidden for Muslims. When this new drink reached the holiest Islamic city Mecca, an argument started between two parties, the first being the sultan’s scholars and the second being the Sufi monks and scholars from Egypt, who argued with proof of it’s non-intoxicating effect. The latter group argued coffee actually helped Muslims perform more prayer and work with it’s permissible stimulating effect.
In the debate, the sultan’s scholars won at first and the Ottoman Sultan Murad IV deemed coffee drinking as immoral. Coffee houses were then destroyed and coffee lovers were deemed as criminals by authorities. However, the course changed for coffee permissibility in 1516, when Ottoman Sultan Selim II made coffee lawful again. It was coffee, which was coined ‘The Wine of Arabia’ that became permissible for Muslims to drink.
From the 1400’s Yemen was responsible for the first wave initiation of coffee brewing and drinking. This original coffee movement then sprung forth a worldwide second wave of coffee exports across the globe between the 1600-1800’s across Europe and Britain. We have today the third wave of coffee which is the specialty coffee movement. This is where Sufi Monks invites you to discover the unique tasting qualities of rare Yemeni coffee.
Amazing taste, I purchased it as a gift for my husband and he loved it. We came back for more
Tasty and Unique!
easily one of the best coffees in the world. I'm a coffee expert and had my specialty coffee roasting business for years and I say this with confidence.
Sweet cup with lovely hints of fruity notes but not as citrusy or acidic. Has a medium to heavy body and pleasant aftertaste. Balanced in all aspects.
Yemen is the cradle of coffee.When you drink Mokha, you are having this connection with the spectacular history and a culture to be proud of.
I had an amazing experience with the Yemeni Mokha beans! It was my first time trying Yemeni coffee and I truly loved it.
I do v60 pour over at home and I only drink black coffee, so the quality of the beans is something extremely important for me and Sufi Monks has exceeded that by far! I can recommend this 100%
so I'm very picky when I order my coffee. It has to be from a certain provider and has to be roasted properly and it's very hard for me to venture out side of that but I've always wanted to taste so yemani coffee and the provider usually get my coffee from doesn't provide that at the moment. so when Sufi monks came on my feed I thought why not give it a go, why not experiment, the naturally processed coffee of Yemen and the roasting that sufi monks have done to it complement each other quite well. the taste grew on me as I'm more of a light roast fan but the combination that they found was chocolatey, slightly bitter but also that bitterness made me want more so give Sufi monk's a shot they are well worth it
This Yemeni coffee took me thousands of miles to that great land and great people.
May God bless them and give them best life to astonish the world with more and more.
Yemeni coffee is one of the rarest in the market.
Sufimonks delivered exactly what I expected from Yemeni coffee.
High sweetness, medium acidity with full-bodied lingering aftertaste of molasses, dates, and dried tangerine.
This is the best coffee of my life to date. I have a professional machine and only use quality fresh roasted whole bean coffee and I’ve never had a cup with the complexity, flavour profile and intensity as this. Bravo!
Will not regret it. It’s now my go to gift for coffee lover friends.
I ordered the espresso beans and it was just amazing. The crema is so fluffy and tasty ❤️ One of the best coffee beans.
Absolutely love it! Warm or cold
Where I grew up in Holland we had 'sweet wood', pieces of a liquorice kind of tasting wood that you could buy at a candy store and chew and suck on. It was actual wood. This tea/coffee reminds me of that taste which is very nice. I can't wait to get some anais pods and put them in as well as a stick ot cinnamon which I'm already doing. Thank you for this tea and also thank you for the personal packaging and quick responses to emails. Very very nice!! Cheers Patrick
I use the recipe online and let it settle in my cup for 10 min, and the result was fantastic! Smooth and sweet taste. Will order again for sure.