Historians’ accounts vary regarding how coffee came to Puerto Rico. Some say that coffee was introduced to Puerto Rico by the Spanish which found the Island to be the perfect harvesting ground for said crop. Others argue that the Arabica seeds were brought to Puerto Rico by Corsicans who immigrated to the island in the 1700s in search of a better life. Regardless of who introduced coffee to Puerto Rico, the reality is that by the end of the 18th century, Arabica was an established crop in Puerto Rico. After several years, coffee became one of the top three agricultural products in the Island. Its rising popularity during that time earned it the title of being the coffee of “popes and kings.”
Coffee production in Puerto Rico has dwindled in the recent years and most of the coffee sold in Puerto Rico is classified as commercial coffee. But to really get a feel for our local coffee you need to hit the specialty coffee shops that serve spectacular locally grown Puerto Rican coffee. At these establishments, you can really get the farm-to-cup experience, you won’t regret it.