Notes on Cafe Touba, my favorite drink.
One of my mentors once told me the daughters of Shaykh Ahmad Bamba told him that his job was to read qasidah of Cheikh Bamba and drink Cafe Touba.
The Café’ Touba has a very important place in Muridism…It is said that when Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba was in Gabon, in another attempt to eliminate his life, the colonizers offered him coffee to drink. In that coffee there was some poison.
When the Cheikh was about to drink it, Allah had sent the Archangel Jibril (Gabriel)to inform him not to drink the coffee. Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba told the Archangel to tell Allah that he would drink the coffee as He is his protector. As result of his faith, Allah said to him that He will bless this coffee forever with His compassion, His guidance and His support.
“…He drunk it and all that was empty had become full and all that had been full was empty…”
Café’ Touba is the gift of Cheikh Ahmadu Bamba to the entire Human community.
The making of the coffee is a prayer of gratitude.
The ceremonial of Café Touba consists of roasting coffee beans,mixed with a spice know in wolof jar or xylophia Aethiopica(botanical name). The spice known for its medicinal values creates the balance in the Café’ Touba: the ying and the yang. The Cheikh says about it:” Inani Shifa’I min kulli da’I, “It is a remedy against all unbalances”, Once roasted, it will be then grinted, filtered and served. This multi-sensory ceremonial awakens all senses: sight, smell, sound and taste, in an ambiance which will take those involved to another dimension.
The history of the spice trade is above all the history of pepper, the “King of Spices”. In classical times “tributes” were paid in pepper, ancient Rome itself was spared sacking by invading tribes with a tribute of 3,000 pounds of African Black Pepper. This aromatic, fiery, and very pungent spice combined with Clove inspired our CAFÉ TOUBA. African Black Pepper, also known as Djar in Wolof, has been used medicinally to improve digestion and treat stomach upsets and because it makes the internal body temperature rise, it is highly valued as an aphrodisiac.
Cloves are the mature unopened flower buds of a tropical tree. The Chinese wrote of cloves as early as 400 BCE and there is a record from 200 BCE of courtiers keeping cloves in their mouths to avoid offending the emperor while addressing him. Our Certified Organic Clove is imported from Sri Lanka and combined with our Organic African Black Pepper in our exotic and popular CAFÉ TOUBA.
Cloves contain up to 20% of the essential oil Eugenol, a strong stimulant used in the treating of nausea, indigestion and other stomach ailments. Clove is also a nutrient-dense spice that offers an excellent source for manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids. There is a lovely tradition wherever Clove is grown that parents celebrate the birth of a child by planting a Clove tree.