If you think Jasmine, Gardenia, or Jessamine are fragrant, you haven’t smelled the coffee flower. I think it’s the most fragrant of all. I happened to encounter a coffee shrub belonging to one of the houses close to the beach, blooming and fruiting at the same time. These coffee shrubs are able to thrive about a block away from the coast, with moderate protection from ocean winds. They do not, however, bloom to their fullest capability, because they still need the coolness from the Puerto Rican mountains.
Coffea arabica (Mountain Coffe) Aka the “Coffee shrub of Arabia” or “Arabica coffee”, is a species of Coffea originally indigenous to the forests of the southwestern highlands of Ethiopia. It is believed to be the first species of coffee to be cultivated. At present it has naturalized in the Virgin Islands, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.
Although P.R. is not amongst the top producers of…
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