The rest, as they say, is history. As Europe began embarking upon the age of exploration, coffee proponents sought more environments to cultivate the coveted cash crop. Thus, when you analyze the discrepancy between when coffee was discovered by Europeans and its introduction to soil foreign to Africa (Java and Suriname by the Dutch), one can clearly infer that any accreditation to Ethiopians or other mainland-Africans never reached the pubic. In fact, the majority of European coffee houses in the 17th century were modeled after those produced by the Ottomans. Interesting to see that the Arabs, not the Europeans, are primarily responsible for the propagation and commercialization of the globe’s current number two export.
Of course, when we call coffee a number two export, we cannot include Africa in that number, even today. The first African country that appears on the list of countries by coffee export is Ethiopia. There are four European countries that appear on that list even before Ethiopia, which appears as number eleven. Coffee is Ethiopia’s highest export! Does coffee even grow in Europe?
At the end of the day, African coffee just tastes better. Feel free to argue with me about that. But unless you try for yourselves, I cannot consider you qualified to make an experienced decision. Feel free to go to our online store to begin your journey!