SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda says several organisations have pledged nearly US$3-million to help revive Puerto Rico's struggling coffee industry.
The non-profit Hispanic Federation and Nespresso have each pledged $1 million, and The Rockefeller Foundation has given US$500,000.
The Starbucks Foundation has given US$470,000 and Starbucks has donated 2 million coffee seeds.
Miranda said Wednesday that the non-profit group TechnoServe will oversee the plan.
The announcement comes more than a year after Hurricane Maria destroyed 80 per cent of Puerto Rico's crops.
Coffee production in the US territory has dropped in recent years, in part because of a severe shortage of coffee pickers. An estimated 35 per cent of the crop was lost in years prior to the hurricane because there was no one to pick it.