And the winner is…
@fatmommy is the winner of the FREE coffee this week!
What is the name of the Moslem pilgrim who smuggled fertile beans from the Ottoman Turks and planted them in the Mysore Mountains of India?
The answer is Baba Budan.
In the 1500’s the Ottoman Turks monopolized the coffee trade. They ruled all the land that coffee was produced on and intended to keep it that way. In fact, all the green coffee beans they exported were steeped in boiling water for a few second, enough to render the seeds infertile.
Then some time in the 1600’s, Baba Budan came along and smuggled out some fertile seeds strapped to his belly. He planted them somewhere in the Mysore mountains in India, where they flourished. And from there, coffee eventually made its way around the globe.
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