COFFEE HISTORY PART 2: Port of Mocha, Yemen
A thousand years ago, having heard about the wakeful monks, Ethiopian traders returned home to Yemen with coffee plants. They started cultivating the first coffee plantation, growing it high up in the mountains of Yemen and exporting roasted coffee from their port of Mocha. The Mocha you drink today is actually named after the birthplace of the coffee trade from over 1,000 years ago.
They knew it was only a matter of time before coffee plantations would spread throughout the world and they did their best to keep a monopoly of the coffee trade for some 500 years by not allowing anyone to take coffee plants, clipping or even green beans, only their famous roasted coffee known for its rich chocolate-like flavor was permitted to leave the port of Mocha.