“We picked mature beans as Isaac’s winds blew around us, and now we have to move the harvest up because lots of coffee will ripen quickly,” coffee farmer Adela Martinez recently told Reuters.
On Saturday, the brunt of the storm Isaac hit the north shore of the eastern part of the country, where the vast majority of Cuba’s coffee is grown. In an effort to reduce a reliance on foreign imports, Cuba has made an effort to increase its domestic coffee production. The country produced 7,100 tons of coffee last year, according to statistics obtained by Reuters. That’s down from some 60,000 tons per year before the 1959 revolution.