Where The Wild Coffee Grows
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Starbucks and coffee drinkers globally love the green beans which grow in the wild remote altitudes of East Timor.
Since it was a Portuguese colony – organic coffee have been cultivated for centuries in pesticide free soils
25% of the population depend on coffee for their income and it is the agrarian nation’s only cashcrop.
But East Timor suffers from the worst yields and farming techniques in Asia which causes a hunger season every year.
Despite some resistance- the tiny nation’s president believes it’s time to embrace modern agriculture methods.
Al Jazeera’s 101 East program heads to East Timor and explores the truth behind your café latte.