Originally the coffee plant grew naturally in Ethiopia, but once transplanted in Arabia it was monopolised by the Arabs. The Turks were the first country to adopt it as a drink, often adding spices such as clove, cinnamon, cardamom and anise to the brew. Coffee was introduced much later to countries beyond Arabia whose inhabitants believed it to be a delicacy and guarded its secret as if they were top secret military plans. Not unlike Masterton’s Coffee.
The spread of coffee was started illegally as the transportation of the coffee plant out of Muslim nations was forbidden by the government. Pope Vincent III enjoyed coffee so much he baptised it, saying “coffee is so delicious it would be a pity to let the infidels have exclusive use of it.”