Coffee was most probably invented in Arabia well before the 15th century. Some people believe that Arab travellers to Africa had brought the coffee beans back to Arabia. One legend claims that a goat herder invented coffee after noticing that goats would become excited after chewing on coffee beans. From Arabia, coffee beans and coffee were spread to other parts of the world by smugglers, traders and scholars. At one time, coffee was used as a medicine in many cultures. In the 17th century, coffee was still being spread around the world! Many countries also started to grow their own coffee plants. Today, Brazil, Vietnam and Colombia are major coffee producers who export to many other countries around the world. The actual history of who discovered coffee is almost impossible to determine today, because the coffee plant and it’s seeds could have been called different names in the past. There are also very few writings about the history of coffee or where the first coffee plants were found.