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According to recent studies, more than half of the American population consumes coffee every single day, but if we go back centuries, the origin of the brewed treat is shrouded in mystery and legend. One Islamic origin myth posits that more than six hundred years ago, an exiled mystic by the name of Sheikh Omar came across the plant in Yemen, discovering soon after that when eaten, it was quite bitter to the taste and yet possessed of rejuvenating powers. When it reached Europe, coffee was allegedly referred to as “the bitter invention of Satan” until the pope himself attested its invigorating properties and ambrosial taste. Luckily for us, we now know how to embrace the rich flavors of coffee and to bring out its subtler, sweeter notes through sophisticated preparation.