harmolodic Senior Member Joined: 8 Aug 2006 Posts: 123 Location: DC Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Thu Jun 13, 2013, 3:30am Subject: Can coffee grow in a cloud forest?
I'm having a debate with a friend, who claims coffee cannot grow in a cloud forest. (He lives in Guatemala.) I have traveled extensively in Guatemala, including the Alta Verapaz region, where coffee generally marketed as "Coban" comes from (and sometimes as "cloud forest coffee"). I've toured coffee farms there, and have hiked in cloud forest areas of that region. It has always been my understanding that the coffee from there is grown in and around cloud forests, and that is why 1) it has a distinctive, not too bright, earthy flavor (unlike, say, a bright, very high-altitude Huehue) and 2) the inconsistent and sometimes far too rainy conditions make it very difficult to establish an export infrastructure--you just can't guarantee a drinkable crop from year to year.
I'd be glad to be proven wrong, but these are my understandings from over a decade of home roasting and traveling in Guatemala, talking to Guatemalan farmers, etc...
Anyone have any definitive, scientific info or literature on this?
Posted Mon Aug 5, 2013, 7:56am Subject: Re: Can coffee grow in a cloud forest?
My opinion? Yes. I have explored the island of Puerto Rico extensively with my Puerto Rican buddy. We have found numerous abandoned homeplaces in the rain forest with coffee plants still bearing fruit.
CoffeeLoversMag Senior Member Joined: 10 Jan 2013 Posts: 179 Location: Seattle Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Thu Aug 8, 2013, 12:58am Subject: Re: Can coffee grow in a cloud forest?
Yes, coffees are suitable in cloud forests. It happened in the state of Veracrus located on the gulf side of Mexico where they are concerned of the 10% of the forest remains as a result of fragmentation from urbanization. They need to restore the forest for it is essential to the survival of the North American bird species. And one way to conserve this threatened ecosystem is by working to enhance the adjacent coffee agro-ecosystem. You know what happened; farmers command a better price for their coffee. And today, this place becomes a coffee plantation.
Did you know...? Dark roast coffees actually have less caffeine than lighter roasts due to the fact that the process of roasting burns off caffeine. www.coffeeloversmag.com/theMagazine
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