Heritage of Indian Coffee

Heritage of Indian Coffee

Baba Budan, a 16th century saint is said to have introduced the coffee plant to India by bringing seven raw beans from the port of Mocha, Yemen while coming back from Haj. In those days coffee was exported to other parts of the world in roasted or baked form so that no one could grow their own and were forced to buy from the Yemenis. He brought seven beans because the number 7 is considered sacred in Islam.

In his eagerness to grow coffee himself at home, he smuggled seven coffee beans out of the Yemeni port of Mocha wrapped within his garments. On his return home, he planted the beans on the slopes of the Chandragiri Hills in Kadur district, Mysore State (present day Karnataka). This hill range was later named after him as the Baba Budan Hills, where his tomb can be visited by taking a short trip from Chikmagalur.

Reference: Wikipedia


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