Coffee and the Pearl of the East

The demand for coffee in Middle East was very high and all coffee shipments which were leaving Yemen with Alexandria and Constantinople destination, were very well controlled and guarded so that no plant should leave the country. Despite all these restrictions, the Muslims during their pilgrimage to Mecca, managed to hide and take with them coffee plants and cultivated them in their countries. This is how coffee cultivation in India began.

Coffee came in Europe in those times through the Venetian port, where trades were made with Arab merchants. The drink became popular among people when the lemonade sellers included it in their offer as an alternative to cold drinks. Also, many European merchants began to drink coffee in their travels and brought this habit to Europe.