Today Brazil produces over a third of the world’s coffee, but it did not acquire the crop until a good time after other countries in Latin America had gained the crop.  The legend goes that a Brazilian lieutenant Francisco de Melo had been trying to acquire a cutting of the plant to begin growing, but neighboring French Guinea refused export.  When Francisco was sent to French Guinea to resolve a border dispute, he took the opportunity to seduce the governor’s wife, who gave him a bouquet spiked with the seeds that he used to launch Brazil’s coffee industry.

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