Cape Verde is No. 66 of worldwide coffee producers.
How the first coffee plants came to the Cape Verde is not clear. Most likely, it was the Portuguese who imported small Arabica coffee plants from an African country or brought them from Brazil.
What is certain, however, is that coffee has been grown on the islands for over 300 years.
Due to isolation from other coffee plants a new variety has developed.
The Arabica plants grow in the north of the islands at 1,000 – 1,600 m altitude near volcanoes on black basalt rocks called lapilli. In doing so, one makes use of the principle of planting vine. At night, the moisture condenses on the walls of the lapillis and then drips into the intended holes of the planting.
The region around Mosteiros has a good reputation for its coffee. It is grown in Galinheiro, Ribeira Filipe, Sao Filipe and Santa Catarina, but especially in the Morgadio de Monte Queimado