By 1825 the Ceylonese already had a knowledge of coffee. They started planting coffee as a garden crop and the first coffee plantation was started in Baddegama in Galle District. The demand and high price in the European market for coffee fueled the rush of coffee planting. The coffee plantations were devastated by a fungal disease called Hemileiavastatrix or coffee rust, better known as "coffee leaf disease" or "coffee blight".
Thus the birth of Ceylon Tea History took place in the demise of Coffee in the island.