In 1723, Gabriel Mathieu de Clieu, a young French Naval officer fell in love with the exquisite taste of coffee -- then a newly discovered beverage in Europe.
Mr. de Clieu then took many risks and exposed himself to many perils in order to take a coffee plant from the Royal Botany Garden in Paris to the the Island of Martinique in the Caribbean as he thought the climate of the Caribbean was ideal to produce excellent quality coffee. The coffee was then introduced to the neighbouring French island of Guadeloupe in 1726 by Mr de Clieu (who became Governor of Guadeloupe Island in 1728).
Guadeloupe Island is the oldest region in the Western Hemisphere growing coffee today and this 100% Arabica Typica coffee is a direct descendant of the strain of coffee introduced by Mr. de Clieu to Guadeloupe in 1726. It has remained genetically completely and absolutely “pure”, meaning that you will enjoy the very same “cup” as the one Mr de Clieu fell in love with 300 years ago!
The Vanibel Estate coffee is grown at 350 meters of altitude, it is shade grown (mostly banana trees), hand-picked, hand-sorted, sun-dried and naturally processed. The cup is unique – with exceptionally mild acidity, body and aroma with many mixed floral overtones.