do you know about the history of coffee?
• United States
23 Apr 07
I don't know a lot of the history of coffee, but here's an interesting bit. In the late 1800's, the country of Guatemala sold 2.5 million acres of land to German immigrants. This land was taken away from the native Maya people who lived on it, and most of it was turned into coffee farms. All of the good, fertile land was given over to these coffee farms, and the native were forced into smaller patches of land that were infertile and couldn't support the population. This situation still exists today, with the Maya and Ladino people living on this poor land. 75% of Mayan children die before they are five years old, and the average life expectancy for Mayan adults is only about 45-50 years. All this while the coffee growers enjoy considerable wealth right next door. For this reason, I won't drink coffee that I know came from Guatemala.