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With 12 tonnes of green coffee a year, no. 71 of coffee-producing countries.
- Between 1712 and 1718 the Dutch brought the coffee to Suriname.
- Agriculture flourished in the first half of the 18th century.
- Coffees, but also cocoa, tobacco, sugar and indigo were grown.
- Most of the work on the plantations was done by about 60,000 African slaves, mainly from Ghana, Benin, Angola and Togo.
- With the abolition of slavery in 1863 and release of the slaves in 1873, the plantations could hardly be managed.
- At the time, many contract workers were brought from China, Java and India.
- In 1975, Suriname became independent.
- Of the once 200 plantations during the colonial era, only one survived.
- The Katwijk plantation is located on the Commewijne. It was founded around 1746 and today belongs to the NouhChaia family, who cultivate not only KW Arabica coffee but also various citrus fruits. Since 2012 you can book tours on the plantation to learn more about the history and the agricultural heritage.