Coffee throughout history

15th century

The use of coffee appears in Mecca, from whence it quickly spreaded all over the Muslim world.

1658

The Dutch bring coffee cultivation to Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

1696

The Dutch bring coffee cultivation to Java

1715

The French bring coffee cultivation to Bourbon Island (Réunion)

1719

Plants stolen from Dutch Suriname are brought to French Guiana for cultivation

1727

Plants stolen from French Guiana are brought to Portuguese Brazil for cultivation

1780

With its coffee plantations in the Antilles, essentially on the Santo Domingo Island, France becomes the largest producer of coffee in the world

19th century

Coffee plantations are established in the Asian colonies of the British Empire and of the Kingdom of Holland

20th century

Coffee plantations are established in the African colonies of the British and French Empires