The history and development of the beverage that we know as coffee is varied and interesting, involving chance occurrences, political intrigue, and the pursuit of wealth and power.

According to one story, the effect of coffee beans on behavior was noticed by a sheep herder from Caffa Ethopia named Kaldi as he tended his sheep. He noticed that the sheep became hyperactive after eating the red "cherries" from a certain plant when they changed pastures. He tried a few himself, and was soon as overactive as his herd. The story relates that a monk happened by and scolded him for "partaking of the devil's fruit." However the monks soon discovered that this fruit from the shiny green plant could help them stay awake for their prayers.

Another legend gives us the name for coffee or "mocha." An Arabian was banished to the desert with his followers to die of starvation. In desperation, Omar had his friends boil and eat the fruit from an unknown plant. Not only did the broth save the exiles, but their survival was taken as a religious sign by the residents of the nearest town, Mocha. The plant and its beverage were named Mocha to honor this event.

Originally the coffee plant grew naturally in Ethopia, but once transplanted in Arabia was monopolized by them. One early use for coffee would have little appeal today. The Galla tribe from Ethiopia used coffee, but not as a drink. They would wrap the beans in animal fat as their only source of nutrition while on raiding parties. The Turks were the first country to adopt it as a drink, often adding spices such as clove, cinnamon, cardamom and anise to the brew.

Coffee was introduced much later to countries beyond Arabia whose inhabitants believed it to be a delicacy and guarded its secret as if they were top secret military plans. Transportation of the plant out of the Moslem nations was forbidden by the government. The actual spread of coffee was started illegally. One Arab named Baba Budan smuggled beans to some mountains near Mysore, India, and started a farm there. Early in this century, the descendants of those original plants were found still growing fruitfully in the region.

Coffee was believed by some Christians to be the devil's drink. Pope Vincent III heard this and decided to taste it before he banished it. He enjoyed it so much he baptized it, saying "coffee is so delicious it would be a pity to let the infidels have exclusive use of it."

Coffee today is grown and enjoyed worldwide, and is one of the few crops that small farmers in third-world countries can profitably export.

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by Michael Reinheart January 25, 2006
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A type of ninja who makes tea.
"Hey man, check out that Maher! He's making tea."
by crazedmel January 27, 2008
An individual with an enormous heart that can be shy yet stubborn and get a thrill out of arguing. Loves attention and gambling just for fun. Family comes first and will do anything to make sure that happens. Loves sex and porn as well as being more than amazing in bed.
Gave this guy Maher my number never called so I got his number and called him, intentions of sleeping with him but fell in love with him
by Mikayladanser February 03, 2010
They rule! They are known for there aptitude, proficiency and prowess at any odd game of skill. They then taunt the opponent with declarations of their aptitude, proficiency, prowess and skill at "ruling" that odd game.
Wow Mahers rule at skeeball, video bowling, foozball, beanbags, badminton, etc. etc.
by Iyes B. Aysum May 27, 2010
Typically a person who never makes any type of dumb comment, and thus, is the smartest person in all his or her classes.

A naturally smart person.
"Hey did you hear Joe got a 35 on his ACT?"
Friend, "Yeah, it's understandable, he's a Maher".
by dreamteam122 January 26, 2012
a type of fish that is as ferocious as a shark but is the size of a gold-fish. It typically resides in a fish bowl
Philip: Hey look at my Maher (he says as he sticks his finger in the bowl and the fish bites it)
Philip: Ow!
Melody: Haha Don't mess with a Maher
by MHPCML May 21, 2009
A guy who used to be politically incorrect, but has failed his main name namesake. A guy both me and my step grandmother can now watch and talk about.

A guy named Bill whose heart is in the right direction, but lacks the ability and know how to deliver. A guy that actually made Obama funny and humorous for once and deserves five stars and an apple for that.

A guy who is the fading, paramount, carbon copy of the American dream post 60's.

A guy that states our country should be more like China, but does not want to realize that in order to do that the United States needs to bring nuns and a ruler back into the classroom (Supernanny has great ideas, but they take too long, mild corporeal punishment works unfortunately when psyco active drugs are the only other answer....actually a good mix is best)
That guy won't shut up he sounds like my grandma when she sips the mormon tea or that crazy lady Camille Paglia...he's so Maher.

His heart's in the right place, unfortunately his objectives are competing against each Maher.

Just when you've been preached to death you see a glimmer of childish political incorrectness left. How Maher.

He might not be much, but he's all we have left from the 80's he is sooo Maher.
by quintincrisp July 03, 2011
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