The New World Coffee: Taiwan
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Taiwan is a famous origin of high quality tea, because of the high altitude and good quality water. Together with stable raining season and moderate temperature make Taiwan a new star of coffee origin in Asia.
Agriculture of coffee beans in Taiwan is a by product of war. In short, this idea was brought up by the British trader during 18th century, and tried to plant first coffee tree near the Taipei County. The coffee tree although planted, no harvest were ever made until the Japanese had the coffee tree planted in Kenting National Park during World War II, which was the beginning of 19th century, 19 years since the first coffee tree was planted and 3 years after this new coffee bean from Indonesia rooted. Since than, coffee trees were crop in different counties on this island, Taitung, Hualien, Kaohsiung and nowadays, Chiayi, Yunlin, Pingtung, Tainan, Nantou, Changhua, Hsinchu and Miaoli. That's almost the whole island. Coffee agricultural activities are everywhere in Taiwan although, the best quality bean were mainly found in the inland area, where all mountain ranges located. Many famous tourist attractions like Alishan in the Chiayi County , Gukeng in Yunlin and Dongshan in Tainan ,are more than beautiful scenery but origin of high quality coffee and tea. Like other forms of art, with influences of local culture, the notes and flavor that Taiwan coffee bean deliver is unique from other origins, it seems like every single bits of their history and food culture were infused into the land and became nutrients that support the coffee tree. Their coffee bean is almost like a combination of nature and crafting originated from oriental tea culture though there's not much in common between the two industries.