The Home of Coffee

Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam.

In the 17th centuary, traders of the wildly successful Dutch East India Company (VOC) brought back a single specimen of Coffea arabica. Coffee and the Europeans have relied on each other ever since. To take coffee to the USA, however, a Norse siren and a Moby Dick character were needed. But that’s a story for another time.

But I didn’t know all that when I visited, so I here are other pictures:

ENORMOUS cycad. There is a specimen there that is over 300 years old. Maybe this is it?

One very, very naughty tree.

Now you stay in there and think about what you did.

 

CB

 

 

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