Brazil: Coffee on a Grande Scale

April marks the beginning of the Brazil coffee harvest year (we cup for the new crop in July, close to the peak harvest). Brazil is by far the world's biggest coffee producer, and while Robusta yields are suffering due to climate-change-related drought (the worst seen in 70 years), last year's Arabica harvest was record-breaking. So often, when we talk about coffee production, we focus on the … [Read more...]

Profiles in Coffee: South America

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The oldest written account of the presence of coffee in South America comes from a 1730 manuscript written by a Jesuit priest living in what is now Colombia. Early in the 19th century coffee became a commercial crop for Brazil, Venezuela, and Colombia, and was grown on large plantations by African slaves. Since the abolition of slavery, the vast majority of coffee grown in South America (outside … [Read more...]