Baba Budan

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Baba Budan was a 17th-century Sufi, whose shrine is at Baba Budangiri, Chikkamagalur, Karnataka, India. He is known to have first introduced the coffee plant to India by bringing seven raw beans from the port of Mocha, Yemen while coming back from hajj in 1670.[citation needed] 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. The coffee plants were then raised at this place that bears his name.[citation needed]

Popular Indian lore says that on a pilgrimage to Mecca in the 17th century Baba Budan, a Sufi saint from Karnataka state, discovered coffee.[citation needed] In his eagerness to grow coffee himself at home, he smuggled seven coffee beans out of the Yemeni port of Mocha which were hidden in his beard. On his return home, he planted the beans on the slopes of the Chandradrona hills in Chikkamagaluru district, Kingdom of Mysore (present day Karnataka). This hill range was later named after him as the Baba Budangiri (Baba Budan Hills), where his tomb can be visited by taking a short trip from Chikmagalur.[citation needed]

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  • Coffee: A Dark History by Antony Wild. New York: Fourth Estate Press, 2004. ISBN 1-84115-649-3
  • District: Chickmagalur – State: Karnataka
  • Pendergrast, Mark, Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World, (New York: Basic Book, 1999).
  • Bhattacharya, Bhaswati. Local History of a Global Commodity: Production of Coffee in Mysore and Coorg in the Nineteenth Century. Indian Historical Review 41, no. 1 (2014): 67-86.