Here’s the article from which I tool this info. One of the highlights of my trip to Haiti last year was being served Haitian Coffee, in large quantities, every morning before we headed out to the work site. It was and still is the best coffee I have ever tasted. I’m continually irritated that I can’t get Haitian coffee here in the states.
By the late 1700s, the French colony that would become Haiti grew half of the world’s coffee and was the most profitable colony on the planet, its riches built on the backs of half-a-million slaves from Africa. Though the colony was only about the size of Massachusetts, historian Laurent Dubois notes that “it was more valuable to France than all the thirteen colonies of North America were to England.”