Coffee in the USA
The U.S. consumes and imports more coffee than any other country in the world. But could a nation full of coffee drinkers ever grow a significant portion of its own here? Maybe.
In California, there's a domestic coffee farming initiative brewing. More than 70 coffee farms led by Frinj Coffee founder Jay Ruskey are in various states of production. Combined, the farms have surpassed 100,000 coffee trees planted in central and southern California.
"We are using the same resources that we would to grow avocados, but now the farmers gain more, you gain a better cup of coffee and now it doesn’t have to travel thousands of miles to get to you," Ruskey told USA TODAY. "So there are quite a few elements coming together here."
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