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Haitian Bleu coffee unavailable

The devastating earthquake in southwestern Haiti occasioned a report that Haitian Bleu coffee is unavailable in North America.  Coffee has long been a major crop in the island nation, but it was "ordinary" coffee and not premium coffee.  In the early 1990s US aid workers encouraged Haitian farmers to grow a premium coffee that became known as Haitian Bleu.  It was similar to--but less expensive than--the much prized Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee.  Unfortunately, Haitian coffee farms were badly damaged by a hurricane in 2008.  What small crops have been produced since then have gone entirely to France.  For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on January 19, 2010 at 10:18 AM in Coffee, Haiti, Jamaica | Permalink