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Growing Coffee In Miami Is Easy. Getting It Caffeinated — Now That’s The Hard Part


More than gas, oil, or electricity, coffee fuels the world — at least my world. And yes, we can grow coffee in Florida, but it might not be exactly what you think.

Point out our native wild coffee (Psychotria nervosa) to out-of-town guests and they invariably ask “Can you make coffee from it?”

Some people harvest the wild coffee berries and go through the process of roasting and grinding them to make a cup. But it takes a whole lot of beans to supply a decent amount, plus I’ve read it’s quite insipid and might give drinkers a headache. Besides, it contains no caffeine, so what would be the point?

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