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    Does Puerto Rico produce coffee anymore?

    Most of people know that Kona is the only US territory that produces coffee "and exports".
    but Puerto Rico "was" among the world's largest coffee exporters in the 19th century, exporting to Vienna, Paris & Madrid.

    Still short and sturdy coffee plants still flourish on parts of the island, but it is hard to find Puerto Rican coffee anywhere now.
    Puerto Rico does not even produce enough to supply its own demand and currently they are buying coffee beans from other countries.

    Worst of all, up to 1/4 of annual harvest goes to waste (that means the cherries just fall on the ground and rot!).
    One problem, nobody likes picking coffee beans.

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    Are you looking for a different answer then the one you posted?
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    Quote Originally Posted by topher View Post
    Are you looking for a different answer then the one you posted?
    it does not matter what I am looking for.
    but it matters to all of us when people starts to participating and asking different questions which will provoke different ideas and answers.

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    Puerto Rico is officially called "commonweath of Puerto Rico (in Spanish, it is called "free associated state of Puerto Rico), however, it is not one of our US states, but one of U.S. Territories, so they use US$ and mostly depends on us, specially economically.

    I have been there about 20 times in my life time, not for coffee nor vacation, but my previous electronic business. Puerto Rico was and is the biggest buying Island among all the Caribbean islands.

    It is expensive to eat, live and do anything in Puerto Rico, just like here in USA. but if you take a small plane to fly to Domincan Republic, just few min flight, then, everything changes... absolute 3rd world country.

    Before they became one of U.S.Territory, their coffee export / business were darn good, but after that, Puerto Rico has evolved to an industrial economy from an agricultural one with U.S. supports.

    So, the bottom line is that no one is willing to do the hard work, picking beans in remote mountain towns.

    Believe it or not, in order to get back on coffee business, Gov't wanted to use "prisoners" as pickers, but they felt that prisoners would be just too "LAZY" and unqualified for the job which requires standing on steep mountain slopes 6 to 8 hours a day, plucking thousands of coffee berries as insects swarm and bite. And carrying the bean sacks to the unloading station...etc.

    I guess that is why ALL (but Kona) coffee origin countries are very very poor 3rd world countries....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ensoluna View Post
    Most of people know that Kona is the only US territory that produces coffee "and exports".
    but Puerto Rico "was" among the world's largest coffee exporters in the 19th century, exporting to Vienna, Paris & Madrid.

    Still short and sturdy coffee plants still flourish on parts of the island, but it is hard to find Puerto Rican coffee anywhere now.
    Puerto Rico does not even produce enough to supply its own demand and currently they are buying coffee beans from other countries.

    Worst of all, up to 1/4 of annual harvest goes to waste (that means the cherries just fall on the ground and rot!).
    One problem, nobody likes picking coffee beans.
    It is sad if it's true

 

 

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