Latin America’s premium coffee growers branch out to cheaper beans

From www.euronews.com

A growing number of farmers in Latin American nations renowned for their high-quality arabica coffee are starting to plant cheaper robusta – a crop still frowned upon or even outlawed in some countries.

In locales such as Colombia and Costa Rica, many in the industry have feared the low-brow bean will spoil their reputation as suppliers of the world’s best coffee.

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Costa Rica bans robusta farming entirely, while coffee trade organizations in Colombia and elsewhere have historically discouraged it. But a growing number of Latin American farmers are warming up to the bitter bean as a cash crop.

 

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