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Honduras bets on coffee planting spree as prices soar

Thursday, February 17, 2011

On the hilly slopes of southeastern Honduras, thousands of new coffee plants are sprouting, as growers hope to cash in on sky-high coffee prices.

Honduras, whose beans are traditionally thought of as lower in quality than those of neighbors like Guatemala or Costa Rica, is pushing to boost arabica coffee output and improve quality at the same time.

Roasters and buyers hope to begin seeing Honduran coffee as a viable replacement for beans from Colombia, now in its third year of lower-than-average output.

Original source: Reuters