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Starbucks Opens New Copacabana Store

Starbucks Opens New Copacabana Store

By Jack Whibley, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Starbucks’ expansion in Rio de Janeiro continued in July with the opening of a new store in Copacabana. The Cidade Maravilhosa’s newest addition to the Starbucks empire is located near the Cantagalo metro (subway) station, on Copacabana’s main thoroughfare, Avenida Nossa Senhora da Copacabana. Perfectly […]

Starbucks Opens New Rio Cafe in Ipanema

Starbucks Opens New Rio Cafe in Ipanema

By Mary Carroll, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Starbucks first opened their doors for business in Brazil back in December 2006 starting off in São Paulo and since expanding to several cities across the country. The latest venture has been in Rio de Janeiro, with the arrival of Starbucks in Ipanema on Rua […]

Starbucks Reaches Rio

By Doug Gray, Contributing Report RIO DE JANEIRO – Coffee has long held a precious place in the heart of Brazilians, but the country itself has an awkward history with the bean known as ‘black gold’. Having sliced down large swathes of Atlantic Rainforest to cultivate more of the profitable crop in the 19th century, […]

Enjoying Gourmet Craft Coffee in Rio de Janeiro

Enjoying Gourmet Craft Coffee in Rio de Janeiro

By Kate Rintoul, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Cidade Maravilhosa can be a place of contradictions, including what many visitors find as a seeming shortage of quality coffee shops in the city, given that the country has a world wide reputation as being a coffee nation. Yet for those who long for […]

Gringos Buy & Sell Facebook Group in Rio

Gringos Buy & Sell Facebook Group in Rio

By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — Living in the Cidade Maravilhosa can be frustrating at times finding inexpensive furnishings or an outlet for swapping items, especially for those not yet fluent in Portuguese. With over 2,000 members, the Gringo Buy & Sell group page on the ever popular global social network […]

Brazilian Specialty Coffee Market Growing

Brazilian Specialty Coffee Market Growing

By Joanna Hansford, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil is the largest coffee producer in the world, producing around 1,350 million kilos of coffee per year, and is responsible for one-third of the world’s coffee production. Now changes in the local coffee culture are influencing the domestic market, and at the same time due […]

Brazil Coffee Production to Decrease: Daily

Brazil Coffee Production to Decrease: Daily

By William Jones, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The global coffee market will face a shortage for the first time in three years, according to Volcafe LTD, a leading Switzerland-based coffee merchant. Although Brazil is the largest producer of coffee beans on the planet, it is still expected to produce about five million […]

Beach House’s Dream-Pop Comes to Rio

Beach House’s Dream-Pop Comes to Rio

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After touring extensively for years, the dream-pop duo known as Beach House will finally debut in Brazil this week. Known for their blending of ethereal sounds with singer Victoria Legrand’s unique vocal textures, Beach House will play at Lapa’s Circo Voador on Friday, August […]

My Flour Costs More Than My Cappuccino

Opinion, by Haley White SANTARÉM, BRAZIL – On International Women’s Day, President Dilma Rousseff announced that the government would eliminate sales taxes for all goods in the Cesta Básica. The Cesta Básica (or “basic basket”) is a list of ITEMS that the government deems essential to a humane standard of living. The tax cut on […]

Balada Mix Ipanema, Décor and Location

Balada Mix Ipanema, Décor and Location

By Julia Averbuck, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – If someone walks by Rua Aníbal de Mendonça on a Saturday afternoon, as they leave from Posto 10 on Ipanema beach, they might notice a long line of people outside a charming two-story white house. The 1927 building, elected a heritage site by the municipal government, […]