Lin-Manuel Miranda unveils $3-M plan for Puerto Rico coffee

October 26, 2018 5:22 AM

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Lin-Manuel Miranda unveils $3-M plan for Puerto Rico coffee

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.


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