It happened that one early evening
in Maarib’s beautiful hanging gardens;
Queen of Sheba complained about being sleepy
each time the sun set over her glass castle.
A clever Ifrit directed her chambermaid Layan
to the Arabica herb from Adan to help the queen.
But upon boiling the herb, it turned black
so she asked the Ifrit to make the drink look appealing.
First the Ifrit taught Layan to mix cardamom
to add silkiness and foam to the drink.
Then he swirled some sand with crystal
into his fiery hands and made a dainty cup
with a matching saucer and called it finjan.
Lastly he taught Layan to tell the Queen
that in her cup she shall see stars and sail away.
Now Layan did as the Ifrit asked and so
he taught her to read the queen’s future
from the remaining coffee beans.
He told her that the queen will bear
Solomon’s only male heir and she did.
But she will also sail across midair
on a flying carpet to the land of cedars.
And the queen did and brought back
stallions form Jabal Elsheikh that
interbred with Yemeni ones and begot
the Khamis stallions we know today.
You may drink Turkish or Arabic Coffee
not knowing it is Adani Coffee from Sheba
in a dainty cup with a matching saucer
called finjan: fin for art and jan for jinni!
And if you believe your cup bears your stars
you are still under the Ifrit’s spell hoping
to travel the world on carpets or sails!
Finjan is the Arabic word for the typical coffee up and saucer you use when you drink Turkish Coffee. Fin is actually supposed to be fan but the pronunciation of the word changed overtime to resemble the word jin(also means genie and jan is the formal Arabic word for jinni(also Arabic spoken) or genie). Both usage of coffee and cardamom came from Adan in Yemen. Maarib is a city in Yemen the true home of Queen of Sheba and world’s first true hanging gardens because it was the first city built over a major dam Sad Maarib the Dam of Maarib. King Solomon was known to have favored his Queen of Sheba and despite having many wives she was the only wife to bear him a son! He built her a castle of glass and traveled with her on his flying carpet hence the story of Aladdin’s Flying Carpet and the Genie! The Khamis is one of the most famous and fastest stallions in battles known for its iron rust coat. It was interbred with stallions from Lebanon’s Jabal El Sheikh.