Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 04 December 2012
During the festival, visitors flocked to the hilly area for a taste of the area's smooth, mild brews made mostly from Arabica beans, but they also had the chance to explore the world of coffee in greater depth than ever before.
Gukeng is recognized as Taiwan's cradle of coffee cultivation. Coffee farming there traces back to the Japanese colonial era and then reached its peak in the 1940s to 1960s before falling off due to high production costs and prices for the coffee.
Coffee beans are currently planted on 50 hectares of land in Gukeng, a negligible scale when compared with coffee farms in South America and Africa, so local farmers have been focusing on growing the highest quality beans possible.