Puerto Rico is experiencing a decline in its coffee production. Over the period from 2002 to 2009 the island saw a decline of more than half in the number of farms growing coffee beans, from 9,000 in 2002 to 4,000 on 2009. According to the source article, the reasons for this decline are varied and include flooding from recent tropical storms as well as difficulty finding enough workers to pick the coffee beans at harvest time. Despite high unemployment rates an estimated $25 million worth of coffee was left unpicked in the 2009-2010 season, according to the Puerto Rico Coffee Buyers & Growers Association.
Geographic reference: Puerto Rico
Year: 2006 and 2010
Market size: 178,000 pounds and 80,000 pounds respectively. The harvest in 2010 had an estimated value of $23 million.
Source: “Sharp Drop in Coffee Production on Puerto Rico Worries Growers,” The Avis, February 19, 2011, St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
Original Source: Puerto Rico Coffee Buyers & Growers Association.