The story of coffee, seen as the black gold of the 18th century, which remains the world’s bestselling product after oil.

Format: HD
Duration: 52 ’
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Available version: English
Rights: All Rights / South East Asia


In February 1708, two frigates sailed to Yemen from the French port of Saint-Malo. One of King Louis XIV’s privateers, Mr. de la Merveille, led the expedition. His destination was Mocha, the main trading post for coffee, which was a precious, rare product at the time. In the 18th century, Yemen was the only country in the world to grow it. The Dutch East India Company had a coffee trading monopoly in Europe, but the French wanted their share of the highly lucrative market and launched a naval war against the cartel.