British tea drinking spurs vertical marijuana businesses
There are growing number of public companies poised to support the marijuana industry to address the emerging needs of marijuana growers, adding to the long list of marijuana stocks. This gives me hope that they won’t resort to smoking Ceylon tea in Colorado and Washington State.
Odds are that the public companies that will do best in the marijuana business are not those that produce marijuana but those that support the growers. This is because the British were made to drink tea instead of coffee…
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The British have only been tea drinkers since the late 19th century. Before that they were coffee drinkers. This was based on a coffee monoculture system which is quite similar to the one being introduced in marijuana grow operations in enclosed environments.
Coffee originated as an understory plant in the forests in the mountains of Ethiopia where it was served as a food. Its first use as a drink was probably for medicinal purposes and in religious rituals, but its stimulating and refreshing qualities made it popular. Sounds familiar to marijuana?
Coffeehouses were common throughout North Africa in the sixteenth century, and European travelers developed a taste for this addictive concoction. The Dutch saw the business potential in coffee and began to plant coffee in their colonies in Ceylon, Sumatra, and Java. This is why Java is a common moniker for coffee (and a software).
Coffeehouses spread throughout Europe in the seventeenth century like Tim Horton’s franchises in Hockeyville, with Ceylon being a major coffee supplier. By the time the Dutch ceded Ceylon to the British in the nineteenth century, Ceylon had developed into the greatest coffee-growing region in the world. The British expanded the plantations even further, clear-cutting native forests to grow even more coffee. By the 1870s, Ceylon’s plantations were exporting nearly 100 million pounds of coffee a year, most of it to England. Yes the British were drinking coffee!
But the Ceylon growers noted the appearance of a “coffee leaf disease” in 1867, which scholars classified as a rust fungus, “vastatrix” because of its devastating power. By 1879, the Ceylon was desperate. The vigor and productivity of the coffee plantations declined to the point where they were no longer economically viable. Following a period of severe economic and social upheaval, British planters shifted to planting tea as extensively as they had coffee, and the British coffee drinkers began drinking tea. Within a few years, coffee rust had spread to India, Sumatra, and Java, and the center of coffee production shifted to the Americas, where the rust had not yet appeared. Brazil soon became the world’s major coffee supplier.
Dr. Luc C. Duchesne is a Speaker and Author with a PhD in Biochemistry. With three decades of scientific and business experience, he has published ... <Read more about Dr. Luc Duchesne>