The coffee berry borerAs Big Island coffee farmers harvest their berries from trees, they are finding a new foreign beetle — the coffee berry borer — that at best threatens their bottom line.

An estimated 600 to 700 coffee farms occupy a 22-mile stretch along the rocky, volcanic slopes of Kona, where dry winters and wet summers contribute to producing a premium coffee bean.

The coffee berry borer, Hypothenemus hampei, is native to Central Africa and found in scores of coffee-producing countries, including South America.

Thanks to Victor Kessler for the tip

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