Located in Pingtung County in southern Taiwan, Taiwu Township enjoys a natural environment that is exceptionally friendly to the economic plant. Within the area, gentle mountain slopes climb to 600m above sea level at latitude 22.5, which provides moderate temperature and humidity.
All the way up to an altitude of 1,000m, Taiwan acacia flourish along the trail, helping to offer a half-shadowing effect which contributes to the production of high-quality coffee beans and stimulates related industries.
The planting of coffee trees in Taiwu, however, is nothing new and can be traced back to the Japanese colonial period. It’s said that the beans were once exported to Japan as an enjoyment reserved for royalty. When the colonial period ended, gone also were the coffee processing skills. Coffee trees and its red fruit were left to be gradually covered over by weeds.
Not until the last ten years was the plant once again placed under the spotlight. Its visibility increased as aid from the government poured in after Typhoon Morakot pummeled southern Taiwan in 2009...