Gukeng Coffee

  • 23 June, 2018
  • jvantrieste
Curious John

Like many places in this part of the world, Taiwan is known for its tea. But since the 19th century, around as long as tea has been grown here, Taiwan has also been a producer of coffee, the real engine that powers many a Taiwanese person’s day. The town of Gukeng in central Taiwan has drawn particular attention to its coffee, turning its generations-old coffee industry into a driver of tourism and, of course, income for local farmers. This week, Liu Yi-teng, himself a coffee-grower and head of a Gukeng coffee promotion team, joins us to talk about the story of coffee in Taiwan. Also on the line with us this week to discuss Gukeng’s coffee today is Wang Cheng-pin, head of agriculture and tourism at the town office.