Story of Coffee

Dutch does Coffee
Pieter van den Broecke ©Frans Hals
1616 Jan 1

Dutch does Coffee

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Pieter van den Broecke, a Dutch merchant, obtained some of the closely guarded coffee bushes from Mocha, Yemen, in 1616. He took them back to Amsterdam and found a home for them in the Botanical gardens, where they began to thrive. This apparently minor event received little publicity, but was to have a major impact on the history of coffee.

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Last Updated: Mon Apr 17 2023