Agence France-PresseNovember 22, 2013 06:17
The husks, baked dry and black in the hot Brazilian sun, crumble in the hand, revealing pale green beans. But those coffee beans could go to waste, as world prices falter.
"It's good coffee — they should be drying it and getting it ready for export," says Celso Scanavachi, an engineer at the Coopinhal farm cooperative in Santo Espiritu do Pinhal, north of Sao Paulo.
"The producer has abandoned 40 percent of the crop; the retail price doesn't cover the cost of harvesting," he says.