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.
(Robusta coffee production in Latin America – http://tmsnrt.rs/2DPgTGs)
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.