Originally the coffee plant grew naturally in Ethiopia and was transplanted to Arabia where, for a time it was monopolized. Coffee was introduced much later to countries beyond Arabia whose inhabitants believed it to be a delicacy and guarded it as if it were top secret. At that time government forbade the transportation of the plant out of the Moslem nations. The actual spread of coffee was started illegally. Coffee today is grown and enjoyed worldwide, and is one of the few crops that small farmers in third-world countries can profitably export as evidenced by the Fair Trade beans imported, blended, roasted and sold by us Grab-A-Java.
Resource: The Abbotsford Farmer’s Market