An overseer sits in the shade while workers collect coffee beans on a Brazilian plantation, circa 1750.
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April 24, 2013 Once people figured out how to roast the seeds of the Coffea plant in the 1400s, coffee took over the world. In doing so, it fueled creativity, revolutions, new business ventures, literature, music — and slavery.
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