The Last Drop: The American Coffee Market and the Hill Regions of Latin America

Richard P. Tucker

in Insatiable Appetite

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780520220874
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923812 | DOI:
The Last Drop: The American Coffee Market and the Hill Regions of Latin America

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This chapter discusses coffee and the coffee industry, starting with the consumption and colonial trade of coffee. This is followed by a section on Brazil, which has been the dominant producer of coffee since the 1830s. The next section shows how the demand for coffee led to the destruction of indigenous Indian populations and the expansion of coffee plantations in these areas, including the hillsides. The chapter then focuses on the emergence of the Sāo Paulo planters, followed by the American coffee exporters in Latin America. The following section examines the creation of instant coffee and the introduction of fast food culture, before it looks at the second largest producer of coffee in the world: Colombia. The chapter ends with discussions on Central America and El Salvador, and the coffee purchases of the Americans in these regions.

Keywords: coffee industry; Brazil; coffee plantations; instant coffee; Colombia; coffee purchases; fast food culture

Chapter.  19275 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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