Xinglong in Hainan brews up the island’s coffee culture
As a coffee machine fills the morning air with a tantalizing aroma, leisurely dressed people yawn as they sit around a cup-laden table. Here in Xinglong County in southeastern Hainan, locals have gotten into the habit of drinking coffee every morning.
"We cut the youtiao into pieces, and have a cup of coffee for breakfast," said a local people drinking coffee at a breakfast stall in Xinglong. "Sometimes we dip youtiao into the coffee. It’s full of flavor."
For local people who have grown up with coffee, the island’s coffee culture is rooted in their blood. Many locals are descendents of overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia who brought the first seeds and started coffee plantations in 1953.
Xinglong has become one of the largest coffee growing areas in Hainan with a yield of 40 tons of beans last year, accounting for about 10 percent of the island’s total coffee bean output.
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