Brazilian farmers wake up to their own specialist coffee

Daniel Gallas – BBC News, 10/02/2015

We drive up the hills in his pickup truck to see farmers harvest the coffee beans in the vast valley around us. Coffee has been the economic backbone of this region – on the border between the Brazilian states of Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo – for more than a century.

But after years of a commodity-fuelled boom, economies like Brazil are having a hard time adjusting to slower global demand and lower prices.

Over the decades, the Lacerda family has known fortune and poverty, with their wealth always oscillating around coffee. Droughts, government policies, global consumption, currency problems – these were blessings and curses that determined the fate of the Lacerdas.

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