Coffee in South and Central America: How did it come to be?
Laura Holden
The origin of coffee can be traced back to the ninth century and was first documented in Ethiopia. A common myth is that an Arabaian shepard named Kaldi found his goats extremely hyperactive after eating the berry from a certain tree. The community then began to use this berry in forms of eating, steeping, and cooking, claiming that it provided energy, happiness, and endurance. Coffee was first popularized in Europe and through the expansion of the Arabic empire and trade, coffee was exported to many newly discovered regions including South and Central America. Through European trade routes this glorious empire came to be. Coffee is claimed to have arrived in Brazil by means of Francisco de Mello Palheta who supposedly convinced the governor of France's wife to give him some of the amazing beans when the French did not wish to do so. Coffee is typically grown in tropical, elevated areas; and the climates in South and Central America provided for excellent growing conditions; transforming these regions to the largest coffee producing areas of the world. Some of the world's top growing regions today are Brazil, Colombia, and Costa Rica. Home Wikipedia History
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