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Weather, bugs eat into state’s coffee production

  • COURTESY HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

    The white parts of the beans reflect damage from the pest.

  • COURTESY HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

    The coffee berry borer remains a concern for isle farms.

  • JAMM AQUINO / 2013

    Hawaii’s coffee crop was valued at $49.2 million last season, down from $62.6 million the precious season, a drop of 16 percent.

Bad weather and a lingering pest problem delivered major blows to Hawaii coffee farmers this past season, according to a new report that estimates production of one of the biggest crops in the state fell 16 percent. Read more

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