By TTNews Reporter Fan Kang-Wu
Nantou County, Taiwan –
The coffee market in Taiwan is enormous and the population of drinking coffee has also shown an increasing trend; however, the main sources of coffee beans are mostly dependent on imports. Under the efforts of local farmers in recent years, now Taiwan is also able to cultivate a large amount of high-quality coffee beans with a unique and fine flavour.
Due to the special characteristics of the local environment, it makes Guosing region in Nantou an ideal place to grow coffee beans. The history of coffee cultivation can be traced back to about 10~20 years ago. Whether it is about the yield or the quality, many people who once drank Guosing coffee have stated that domestically produced coffee actually taste even better than they ever imagined.
Coffee is an emerging industry in Guosing Township. At present, the cultivated area is about 80 hectares and 80% of coffee beans are planted in 7,800 metres above sea level. Because of the huge temperature difference between the day and the night, that makes the local coffee have a naturally sweet taste, but not sour and bitter at all.
The most significant features of Guosing coffee is that the coffee crop is picked by hand. Only the ripe coffee beans are harvested, so that the farmers will be able to fully get hold of the maturity and the quality of coffee beans. When it comes to the roasting part, Guosing coffee beans are usually roasted lightly or moderately.
In addition, the promotion of Taiwan’s coffee can also achieve the concept of LOHAS and carbon reduction. As the government recently has actively promoted the so-called “Origin-ism”, it is hoped that everyone can make good use of domestically produced ingredients and materials in order to reduce the carbon emissions during the import process.
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