al-Qafira

In al-Qafira dark skinned men in pristine white robes laze away the days out of the sere heat drinking a hot, bitter brown brew under the shade of embroidered cloth awnings.

(In the local parlance, Cairo is al-Qahira. Since coffee was in common use in the early 17th century in Africa, and would become a common commodity in Europe at the end of the 17th century a small modification was made to the spelling. The Coffea genus is native to north Africa, Coffea arabica derives from modern day Ethiopia south eastern Sudan and Yemen, Coffea liberica from Liberia and Coffea canephora from central and western sub-saharan Africa)

al-Qafira

The New World Frithhill