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You may be used to sipping coffee, but centuries ago, it was eaten. According to historians, African tribes would chew coffee berries and then mix them with animal fat to create energy-rich snack balls.

This practice was common among the tribes of Ethiopia and Sudan; they called this mixture “qahwah.” Eventually, a man named Omar Khayyam brought qahwah (which he called “the wine of Araby”) to Europe in the 13th century. The drink became popular there and eventually evolved into what we know today as coffee. It’s now a ritual that has become so much more than just a drink.

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