One place coffee is grown is Hawaii.
Even though Americans drink 1/5 of the coffee produced in the world, the only place it is grown in the United States is Hawaii. Coffee grows best in tropical regions in an altitude between 3,600 and 8,000 feet. Hawaii is the only part of the United States that is in a prime location conducive to growing coffee beans.
The closest place to The U.S. where coffee grows commercially is Mexico.
Hawaii grows plenty of coffee and is most known for its Kona coffee.
People also grow their own coffee plants in the continental U.S. but there is not a big coffee industry here.
Sitting just outside the coffee belt (the area between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn) Florida does support some coffee farming. However, occasional frosts in addition to temperatures that can exceed 75F are extremely detrimental to the health of the plant, making it a commercially unappealing crop for the region. Over the years, several groups have made attempts to create successful coffee plantations in the region with genetically modified plants and other technology, but have met with mixed results at best.
Although it is possible to grow coffee in Hawaii (check out Koa or Kona coffee), most coffee is grown outside of the US, in places near to the equator. It thrives in climates that are consistently 70 degrees (F). In fact, most of the coffee in the world is produced in South America.
Since workers on coffee plantations in developing countries have been exploited by wealthy foreign businesses in the past, it’s very important for consumers to look for FAIR TRADE, ORGANIC coffee, which should be labeled cleary on the packaging. This protects both the wages of workers and their precious environment.
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