No. 68 of the world’s coffee producers
- Anguilla belongs to the British overseas territory and is located in the eastern Caribbean.
- In 1650, Britain established a colony here, and grew mainly corn and tobacco.
- In the 18th century, as in many parts of the Caribbean, coffee plants must have reached Anguilla.
- Sugar plantations were later abandoned because the soil was not rich enough and it rained too little.
- Small industries like sailing, fishing and private agriculture became more important.
- In 1834 Britain abolished slavery in its colonies, and many former enslaved Anguillians took up positions as peasants, sailors and fishermen.
- Today around 50 tons of raw coffee are produced annually.
☕ Traditional Preparation
Filter coffee is drunk on Anguilla. In the restaurants and beach bars you can also get espresso, cappuccino and coffee cocktails. However, a coffee brewed from parched beans or okra is much more common and popular among the population. The seeds are ground by hand in small cast iron mills.