Coffee was banned in Turkey in the 16th century

Did you know that in there was a coffee ban in Turkey in the 16th century?

Sultan Murat wanted to protect the peoples against the (according to doctors) harmful effects. The true reason was probably the discontent of clergy about the decreasing number of mosque visists and the increasing number of coffeehouse visits.

Mainly intellectuals visited the coffeehouses and there was fear for rebellious political activities. The ban could not prevent coffee becoming more and more popular.