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By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – At one point Rio’s countryside played a major role in Brazil’s economy, and Vassouras is the best example for that: the so-called “Barons’ city” used to be one of the most important coffee producers in Brazil in the nineteenth century.

Today, Vassouras is the perfect destination for those interested in the glorious golden age of coffee in Rio’s countryside.

The city was . . .

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