California Coffee: farmers get a buzz from growing specialty crop

Who knew coffee could grow in California? Traditionally, coffee is an equatorial crop, thriving not in Mediterranean climates like California, but in tropical countries like Brazil, Ethiopia and Indonesia.

Yet efforts by Southern California farmers to grow the beans have been brewing for a while, and the resulting caffeinated cups are meeting with critical—and consumer—acclaim. Is Golden State Joe the next wave in coffee consumption?

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