Yemen Coffee History

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Yemen Lays Claim to the Birth of the Coffee Industry, Beginning in Remote Sufi Monasteries Over 500 Years Ago


Ibn Arabi Sufi Monk

The Discovery

In 1450, Sufi monks in Yemen were the first to cultivate coffee plants and brew the drink we know today as coffee.

yemen coffee traders shipping by camel

Camel Transport

Coffee traveled from Yemen's highlands by camel.

Cartographer Jan Jansson's Turcicum Imperium Map Mocha, Yemen

Port of Al Mokha

Yemen monopolized world coffee trade for 200 years, shipping tons of sterile beans from the port of Al Mokha.

Thriving Coffee Shop in England

Global Pastime

Drinking coffee gained popularity worldwide, with coffee shops opening in Europe beginning in 1650.

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