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China can be a challenging market for U.S. products. Government figures show a trade deficit of nearly $350 billion last year when it comes to goods. But one American company is extending a bet on the Chinese consumer—and taking an unusual step. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture says the coffee berry borer has been spotted on Maui at a farm in Kīpahulu.  The larvae of the small beetle feeds on unpicked coffee beans, reducing yield and quality of the product.  It’s the second sighting on Maui in two months… the first in Hāna last November.

The borer was first detected in 2010 in Ka‘ū, and has been managed with organic pesticides and field sanitation.

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The price of coffee can be a moving target. For local producers, considerations include everything from weather conditions to the state of the coffee borer beetle. But in some parts of Asia, the key factor this year is rain—or the lack of it. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The Conversation: Friday, May 13th, 2016

May 13, 2016
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Bee Health in Hawaii; Amazing Hawai‘i Comic-Con; Tax Breaks for Organic Farmers; Ka’u Coffee Festival

Outlook for Bees in Hawaii: Michael Kliks

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Stirling Noyes / Flickr

Coffee can be a challenging crop—whether it’s grown here in Hawai‘i or anywhere else in the world. And while local farmers are battling the borer beetle…in parts of Asia, the enemy is the weather. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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waferboard / Flickr

If you started your work week with a cup of coffee this morning, you can take heart from a new study from Japan. In fact, the research shows that morning beverage may actually help your heart. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / ultrakml

If you’re starting your morning with a cup of coffee, you have a lot of company in South Korea. In fact, according to a new report, residents there are drinking so much coffee it’s become more popular than rice. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Each year, farmers across Hawaii Island grow coffee on more than six thousand acres, around the island.  Statewide, Hawaii produces more than 8 million pounds of coffee a year, a crop worth more than $30 million dollars.  One of the industry's biggest challenges remains the same as a year ago:  the coffee berry borer.  From the Big Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update on how the fight is going.

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Flickr / Andrew Richard Hara

Hawai'i Island is known for its coffee.  More than half of the six thousand acres of the island's coffee is in the Kona Districts.  But the Ka'u District to the south is stepping up and being recognized internationally for its good tasting coffee.  HPR's Sherry Bracken reports.

Korea’s Coffee Fix

Sep 19, 2013
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Flickr / puuikibeach

One of Hawaii’s top crops may be developing a new fan base. Coffee consumption has been growing in many parts of the world—in locations as diverse as India and the United Arab Emirates. But perhaps the most surprising figures are out this week from South Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / equalexchangecoop

While the wet weather across the islands is only expected to last a matter of days…longer lasting rains are disrupting a favorite crop in Asia. The coffee crop in Indonesia has been hit with wet weather that’s lingered for two months. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.