Coffee History

The native origin of coffee is thought to have been Ethiopia. The earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in Yemen’s Sufi monasteries.

The first export of coffee beans was from Ethiopia to Yemen. Later, Yemeni traders brought coffee back to their homeland and began to cultivate the bean.

From the Middle East, coffee drinking spread to Italy, then to the rest of Europe. The Dutch have transported coffee plants to the East Indies and to the Americas. The first coffeehouse in Austria opened in Vienna in 1683.

The Indian context started with an Indian Muslim saint, Baba Budan. While on a pilgrimage to Mecca, smuggled seven coffee beans (by tying it around his waist) from Yemen to Mysore in India and planted them on the Chandragiri Hills.
Systematic cultivation soon followed Baba Budan’s first planting of the seeds, in 1670, mostly by private owners.

At Sussegado Coffee we roast two spectacular coffees from the Baba Budangiri plantations. Our Baba Budangiri Arabica Superior and Baba Budangiri Robusta Superior is in a category of its own.

Indian coffees have a very good reputation abroad, especially in Europe where it is highly valued due to its lower acidity and sweetness of character. On the domestic market today, Sussegado Coffee offers the widest selection of premium Indian and World coffees, roasted to perfection in Goa.

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