Protecting coffee from the threat of extinction
Plants: From Roots to Riches
Plant Profile: Arabica coffee (Coffee arabica)
Coffee cultivation may have started in the sixth century in Yemen, its use being for spiritual purposes.
Coffee became a popular drink in Europe from the seventeenth century onwards, being imported from plantations established first by the Dutch in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Java, and later from plantations in Brazil and the West Indies established in the eighteenth century. Much of the world’s Arabica coffee is produced in Latin America.