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Japan company interested in Rota mountain coffee

A JAPANESE company has expressed interest in Rota’s mountain coffee, the island’s Department of Lands and Natural Resources Resident Director David Calvo said.

Early this month, he added, Naomi Nakahira of Ueshima Coffee Company and Kiyokazu Onishi of KFC Triathlon Club visited Rota to discuss with Mayor Efraim Atalig their plan to conduct tests on the island’s mountain coffee.

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From left, DLNR agriculture equipment services supervisor David Mendiola, Rota mayor’s chief of staff David Santos, KFC Triathlon Club’s coffee roasting master Ms Kazue, DLNR Resident Director David Calvo, Ueshima Coffee Company official Naomi Nakahira, Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig, KFC Triathlon Club’s Kiyokazu Onish  and DPS Resident Director Glenn Maratita.  Contributed photo
At the wild Rota mountain coffee nature trail in Isang to As Akoddo. Front row: DLNR’s Manases Barcinas and William Kani; center row: KFC Triathlon Club’s coffee roasting master Ms. Kazue and camera man; back row, KFC Triathlon Club’s Kiyokazu Onishi, UCC’s Naomi Nakahira and DLNR Resident Director David Calvo.  Contributed photo

Calvo said the Japan company wants to determine the origins of Rota’s coffee.

“Japan-roasted aromatic Rota coffee beans were presented to the Rota mayor for taste testing,” Calvo said, adding that the visitors from Japan believe that Rota coffee can help stimulate the island’s economy.

“They also made a monetary contribution to jump-start a Rota coffee project,” Calvo said.

He said the Japanese delegation conducted an ocular inspection of Isang and As Akodo, and visited the Sabana Wildlife Conservation Area where DLNR plans to integrate Rota’s coffee trees with a reforestation project.

Calvo said Ueshima Coffee Company or UCC is known for producing eco-friendly coffee.

Nakahira believes that Rota’s coffee is a treasure, adding that “if it is advertised, eco-tourists from around the world, including Japan, will visit the island.”

Calvo said Nakahira is confident that UCC will support the cultivation and marketing of Rota coffee.

Calvo said the island’s wild mountain coffee was planted during the Japanese administration of the Northern Marianas.

He said that after World War II, the island’s coffee farms were abandoned, but coffee trees continued to grow in the wild.

“We can find these coffee trees in different locations on Sabana Mountain,” Calvo said.