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Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted seeds, commonly called coffee beans, of the coffee plant. They are seeds of coffee cherries that grow on trees in over 70 countries.

Green (unroasted) coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world. Due to its caffeine content, coffee can have a stimulating effect in humans. Today, coffee is one of the most popular beverages worldwide.
The energizing effect of the coffee bean plant is thought to have been discovered in Yemen in Arabia and in the northeast region of Ethiopia, and the cultivation of coffee first expanded in the Arab world.
The earliest credible evidence of coffee drinking appears in the middle of the fifteenth century, in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen in southern Arabia.

From the Muslim world, coffee spread to Italy, then to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia, and to the Americas. Coffee has played an important role in many societies throughout history. In Africa and Yemen, it was used in religious ceremonies.

As a result, the Ethiopian Church banned its secular consumption, a ban in effect until the reign of Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia. It was banned in Ottoman Turkey during the 17th century for political reasons, and was associated with rebellious political activities in Europe.

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Despite efforts to diversify its economy, Ethiopia is still highly dependent on agricultural exports. Coffee, which accounts for 65% of the country's export earnings, has been battered for the past two years not only by its now-concluded war with Eritrea, but also by low world prices.

Coffee, which has been cultivated in Ethiopia for over 2,000 years, derives its name from the Kaffa region of Ethiopia where the coffee plant is believed to have originated.

The coffee plant was introduced to Yemen by either the Ethiopians or the Persians sometime between 575 and 850 A.D. From there, it was introduced by Yemeni traders to Java (now Indonesia) in 1690, to India in 1700, to Holland in 1706 and to South America South America, the southern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere.

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