Stories of Five Countries

When we think of Black history in the United States, the crop that defined the lives of the enslaved Africans was King Cotton. The other crop that influenced the lives of many Black people, and changed the course of history, is Queen Coffee.

For this Black History Month, I’m sharing the stories of five countries whose history was defined by coffee.


All coffee originated in Ethiopia, where it was discovered around the 9th century by a goat herder who observed that his goats were energized after consuming coffee berries from a shrub. …

Margaret Nyamumbo

Founder, Kahawa 1893 Coffee

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