Ask Us: Who brought coffee to Europe?

The coffee plant is believed to have originated in the Kingdom of Kaffa, in Ethiopia. Image: Shutterstock

Coffee was already common in the Middle East when it spread to Europe.

Italian scientist Prospero Alpini, born in 1553, is commonly credited with its introduction. He is also known for introducing bananas to the continent as well as being the first to fertilise date palms artificially.

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