Way back in 1714 the Dutch gave a healthy coffee plant to the French government and nine years later a French naval officer introduced coffee cultivation to the French colony of Martinique where the coffee trees flourished. From a single plant, much of the world’s current coffee supply was born!
Then in 1727, a border dispute led to the introduction of coffee to Brazil. A Portuguese Brazilian mediator successfully negotiated a compromise border solution between the governors of French and Dutch Guiana. The negotiator was presented with a bouquet of flowers with ripe coffee berries disguised inside the flowers. The mediator planted them in his home territory of Parra, and from there coffee spread southward in Brazil.