C. arabica has several uses. However, in this article,
only some of its uses are discussed. The dried bean seeds are roasted, ground
and then brewed to prepare some of the important western world beverages. In
Ethiopia, its native country, it is used as a masticatory from the time
immemorial. In addition, it is cooked in butter to prepare rich flat cakes. It
is commonly used as a flavoring, for instance, in ice cream, liqueurs, candies,
and pastries. It is a source of caffeine. Its dried ripe seeds are used as a
stimulant. Its wood is hard. Thus, it is also suitable for making turnery,
tables, and chairs. Coffea arabica
containing iodine is used as a deodorant (Clifford and Wilson 251).