Food - Drink
These Are The Only 2 US States That Grow Coffee
Coffee plants are picky crops that require particular environments to grow, and only 70 countries can grow and harvest coffee to meet global demand. While Brazil supplies half of the world’s coffee, only two American states can grow it.
Brazilian coffee first made its way to Hawaii in the 1820s, and at the 1873 World Fair, Kona coffee was internationally recognized. Hawaiian coffee brews smooth, with floral, fruity scents, and various unique coffee flavors are found in Ka'u, Hamakua, Kauai, Molokai, Waialua, and Puna.
In 2002, Californian farmer Jay Ruskey planted beans he received from a friend, and 12 years later, his farm Good Land Organics placed California on the international coffee map. Since then, more coffee farms have matured throughout the state, and even musician Jason Mraz has taken to helping produce and sell Frinj Coffee.
U.S. territory Puerto Rico also has an impressive history of coffee production, with the island's rich, volcanic soil contributing to a unique flavor that drives both production and popularity. Aside from these states, researchers at the University of Florida are also considering the possibility of producing coffee in the Sunshine State.