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If you think you travel a lot, listen to the story about the spread of coffee around the world. Believe me, none of us have traveled this much, we have never experienced such adventures.
The first trade, that is, the first adventure of this delicious beverage in the world, started with the Arabs. But the first record of the spread of coffee in Europe began when a Sufi smuggled some seeds from Yemen to India. A Dutch merchant traveling to Yemen saw these wonderful coffee plants for a moment and managed to pluck a few saplings. The first coffee plants in Europe were planted in Amsterdam, and by the end of the 1600s, coffee had spread to most of the Dutch colonies such as Indonesia.
I’m sure you already know this, but the coffee bean was introduced in the Caribbean and South American colonies at some point in the early 16th century. The Dutch gave coffee seedlings to the French and later introduced these seedlings in Haiti, Martinique, and French Guiana. The Dutch planted their coffee beans in Suriname, and the British brought this coffee from Haiti to Jamaica.
The coffee empire as we know it today was popularized by the Portuguese, and how coffee spread to South America is a myth. Apparently, a naval officer from Brazil was sent to French Guiana to bring back the coveted coffee beans. Of course, no one would allow an ordinary naval officer to be given coffee seedlings. Legend has it that the naval officer here used a different way to hijack the coffee seedlings. Seducing the governor’s wife. The woman who fell in love with the naval officer smuggled the coffee seedlings into a bouquet decorated with saplings. What an adventure.
So how did these coffee seedlings get to Mexico? It has spread from South America and the Caribbean to Central America and Mexico. In the late 19th century, these seedlings were returned to colonies in Africa.
After the adventure of coffee, it has now spread to other parts of the world, especially to Asia, to regions suitable for cultivation. Thus, wherever you go in the world, it is now very easy to find coffee.