The history of the spice trade is above all the history of pepper, the "King of Spices". In classical times "tributes" were paid in pepper, ancient Rome itself was spared sacking by invading tribes with a tribute of 3,000 pounds of African Black Pepper. This aromatic, fiery, and very pungent spice combined with Clove inspired our CAFÉ TOUBA. African Black Pepper, also known as Djar in Wolof, has been used medicinally to improve digestion and treat stomach upsets and because it makes the internal body temperature rise, it is highly valued as an aphrodisiac.
Cloves are the mature unopened flower buds of a tropical tree. The Chinese wrote of cloves as early as 400 BCE and there is a record from 200 BCE of courtiers keeping cloves in their mouths to avoid offending the emperor while addressing him. Our Certified Organic Clove is imported from Sri Lanka and combined with our Organic African Black Pepper in our exotic and popular CAFÉ TOUBA. Cloves contain up to 20% of the essential oil Eugenol, a strong stimulant used in the treating of nausea, indigestion and other stomach ailments. Clove is also a nutrient-dense spice that offers an excellent source for manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids. There is a lovely tradition wherever Clove is grown that parents celebrate the birth of a child by planting a Clove tree.