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If you drink coffee, there's a good chance you're drinking Brazilian beans. The South American country is responsible for about a third of all coffee production, making it the world's greatest coffee powerhouse. And Brazilian coffee tourism is also on the rise.

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The Coffee Cycle in the Paraíba River Valley lasted for most of the 19th century, relying heavily on slavery, which was abolished in 1888.

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These days, historic coffee farms (fazendas) in the valley have taken on a new lease of life. Beautifully decorated farmhouses are open to scheduled tours, and Fazenda Mulungu Vermelho (top) even offers overnight stays.

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Terres des Charmes has created a Coffee Route tour through the Paraíba Valley, including a stay in a fazenda dating back to 1860.

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Another great destination is the Fazenda do Secretario in the city of Vassouras, a huge neoclassical coffee plantation farmhouse, which has more rrecently been used as the set for Brazilian TV shows like The Maias, O Quinto dos Infernos, and Pé na Jaca. Beats a trip to Starbucks any day. RM

 

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