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Baba Budan: Coffee of India

25 May 2014 | Added by Paul Bilkey


Baba Budan was a respected holy man from India who is believed to have introduced coffee to the country. It is said that during a pilgrimage Baba snuck some seeds out of Arabia.

As legend has it, Baba bound seven beans to his stomach when he left Arabia. Upon his return home, Baba planted the beans in the hills of Chikmagalugur. Eventually these beans took root and coffee plants began to flourish in the region. These trees and their offspring are referred to as "Old Chick." To this day, Old Chick still provides about one-third of India's coffee supply.

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