Improving Coffee Quality in the Philippines

The Philippines has a rich history of coffee—in fact, it was one of the world’s top coffee-growing nations. Arriving in 1740, coffee spread throughout the Philippines in the ensuing decades, and by the 1860s was being exported to America. In 1880 the Philippines was the fourth-largest exporter of coffee behind Brazil, Africa, and Java, and when coffee leaf rust hit those nations, the Philippines became the world’s top exporter.

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