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.