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    My favorite, Kona coffee, has been difficult or impossible to come by anywhere this year. Green Mountain Coffee already stopped carrying it last year, and I've purchased it on eBay from sellers who bought close-out items but had to pay exorbitant prices. According to what I've found online, the coffee farms have been suffering the most serious drought ever in their history for the past couple years.

    Kona’s coffee trees should be covered with flowering white, fragrant buds by now, yet they are either dead, losing their brittle leaves by the bundle, or, at best, are still resting dormant.

    Slightly better faring are irrigated farms, but with catchment tanks empty and county water prices at a premium, their harvest projections and year end profits are in serious doubt as well.

    “We have many hundred year old trees with a very developed, deep tap root system. Never needed artificial irrigation. Some of them would be dying right now if we wouldn’t water them by hand.” says Demetria Farmier, a coffee farmer in South Kona. “That kind of drought obviously hasn’t happened to them before within the last century.

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