The Galapagos Islands, which are known for their fl ora and fauna, are located approximately 1,000 km off the Pacifi c coast of South America and belong to Ecuador since the end of the last century. The fi rst coffee was cultivated on the island Chatham in 1879 already, when the fi rst plants were imported from the French colonies. Today, this island is called San Cristobal and still produces excellent coffee. The unique climate, which is moderately tropical due to the Humboldt stream, is responsible for generous amounts of rainfall on the southern part of the island in the months of January to May. This climate in combination with the relatively young volcanic soil, which is rich in nutrients, offers excellent conditions for the growth of the coffee plants. Since law on the Galapagos Islands forbids the use of pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers, an excellent coffee can be grown.