Coffee as a Symbol in São Tomé and Príncipe

São Tomé and Príncipe was discovered uninhabited in ~1470 by Portugese explorers, and settled in the late 15th Century. Coffee and Cocoa were brought to the islands in the 1890s, and have become main cash crops since (ref). This has led to their integration as a symbol in the fabric of the nation’s identity. Coffee being the subject of this blog, I think it is only natural to start my journey of learning by looking at the symbolism of Coffee in São Tomé and Príncipe. This blog post will contain a small video exploration of a local town, and a discussion of coffee as a symbol.

A picture of an Arabica plant at the ‘Monte Cafe’ plantation – courtesy of the Coffee Farmer

Sources:

  1. http://www.hubert-herald.nl/SaoTome.htm
  2. https://coffeeandfarmer.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/the-hidden-coffee-part-of-the-world-sao-tome-and-principe/
  3. http://spilling-the-beans.net/coffee-of-the-day-a-rare-island-coffee-from-the-tiny-and-exotic-sao-tome-e-principe/
  4. https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/what-do-the-colors-and-symbols-of-the-flag-of-sao-tome-and-principe-mean.html
  5. https://www.britannica.com/place/Sao-Tome-and-Principe/History
  6. https://www.unusualtraveler.com/sao-tome-principe-everything-you-need-to-know-about-visiting-this-forgotten-country-in-africa/

One thought on “Coffee as a Symbol in São Tomé and Príncipe

  1. This blog was really intriguing, and the virtual tour was done really well and sets it apart from other blogs! The post itself is informed and informative as it presents us with an insight to the history of Sao Tome and Principe as well as the exploration of the local town, added to its integrity. There are probably not enough links in this blog to find out more information and also possibly a transcript for the video would be beneficial when drawing on this post for information! This post was incredibly intriguing and sparks inspiration to discover more about this place!

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