Coffee harvest tour in Higashi

Coffee harvest tour in Higashi

On January 25, participants visiting a coffee farm in Arime, Higashi.

January 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 25, NPO Uyagi Okinawa held a three-day coffee harvest tour at a coffee farm in Arime, Higashi. Many coffee producers and coffee lovers from Okinawa and the main islands of Japan took part in the event. They harvested berries from coffee trees and tasted coffee produced in Okinawa.

The NPO aims to set up Okinawa-owned brands such as domestic coffee and other agricultural products, to help make a successful future in Okinawa.

On the last day of the tour, the participants visited Choshu Miyagi’s coffee farm. They listened to a briefing about the site location and water supply for the farm and enjoyed chatting over coffee served by Miyagi. Tadaaki Miyagi, who took part in the event from Naha, said, “This coffee is delicious. I think there is a demand for domestic brand coffee.” Masataka Kondo, the director of the NPO said, “I speculate that Okinawa is the only place where coffee farming is possible in Japan. I want to increase the number of coffee-growing farms.”

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)

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