The original owners were always jealous of their treasured commodity. The Arabs refused to allow the seed to leave their country by insisting that all beans be dehydrated or boiled. It wasn't long before Baba Budan, an Indian Moslem pilgrim procured seven seeds which he is alleged to have hidden under his cloak, bound to his stomach. Once home, he planted them in southern India where they flourished. They quickly spread throughout India. When visiting Frenchmen attempted to transfer the seed to southern France, near Dijon, their failure was caused by frost which the plant cannot tolerate. It was the Dutch who transported the plant to Java where they soon established coffee growing. Coffee was then available either from Mocha (the primary port of Yemen) or from Java, giving rise to to the Mocha-Java blend.
The next chapter in the spread of the black treasure was when Louis XIV of France arranged for a Dutch tree to be brought to Paris where his gardeners protected it in the first ever European greenhouse. It was 1715 and the flowering of the tree was successful. Five years later, sprouts were stolen by one Mathiew de Clieu and made their way to Martinique where they once again flourished, from which coffee cultivation was transferred to Haiti, Mexico, and many Caribbean islands. In 1727, De Melho Palheta was sent to French Guiana by the emperor of Brazil. Despite the traditional jealous guarding of the black fruit, some seeds were acquired from the wife of the Governor of French Guiana and were used to establish the billion-dollar industry of Brazil. At last in 1893, coffee seed from Brazil was brought to Kenya and Tanganyika, a few hundred miles south of its original home in Ethiopia, ending a centuries long circumnavigation of the earth.
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