Historic Farms in State of Rio Resume Coffee Production and Tourism Increases

In the distant past, the region was responsible for producing 80 percent of the world's coffee and is beginning to resume planting. Businesses have joined forces in a project to explore cultivation.

By Richard Mann

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A project in southern Rio de Janeiro State is encouraging historic farms to resume coffee production. The properties are located in a part of the "Mar dos Morros" region popularly known as the "Vale do Café", which, over 150 years ago, produced almost 80 percent of all the coffee in the world.

With an initial investment of R$20,000 (US$5,000), those properties that were only working as tourism sites are currently starting to explore the planting of coffee.

Leda Maria Barreto, SEBRAE analyst, explains that the initial goal is to . . .

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