If we could travel back in time, we could probably trace the history of coffee back to a single seed, which, having fallen out of the pulp of its cherry, rolled down a hill deep in the heart of Africa. From that seed a new plant was born, and then others, and finally entire forests teeming with red fruits, which enclosed a secret that would, a few thousands of years later, end up turning the world on its head.
From Ethiopian shepherds to Arab traders, from European explorers to Venetian shops, from French illuminists to American franchises... Within just a few centuries, coffee took over the whole planet, becoming not only one of the most popular tropical crops, but a real source of energy that humanity cannot do without. And it all started from that single seed of Typica, the original arabica plant, the oldest, from which many other varieties then developed.