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Brazil's Top 11 Resource Riches

- 2012-03-22T15:33:50Z

Photograph by Agencia Estado via AP Images

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Sustainable Coffee

Brazil is the world's largest coffee grower and over the next few years is expected to surpass the U.S. to become the biggest coffee drinker, too. Accelerating economic growth in Latin America's biggest economy has made espresso and premium-blend coffee drinks from companies such as Starbucks more affordable. Sao Paulo's coffee shops doubled in 15 years to 25,000, Bloomberg's Lucia Kassai writes in this Special Report.

The nation encourages environmental preservation and social fairness in its coffee markets and certifies more sustainably produced coffee than any other country in the world, according to Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture. "Producers need to get adequate returns to fight poverty and increase productivity in the context of rising demand and limited stocks," said Marcos Pinta Gama, the country's permanent representative to international organizations in London.

Pictured is a coffee harvest at Bom Sucesso Farm in Manhumirim, set in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, in April 2007.

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