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Latin America's Premium Coffee Growers Branch Out to Cheaper Beans

A growing number of farmers in Latin American nations renowned for their high-quality arabica coffee are starting to plant cheaper robusta — a crop still frowned upon or even outlawed in some countries. In locales such as Colombia and Costa Rica, many in the industry have feared the low-brow bean will spoil their reputation as suppliers of the world's best coffee. Costa Rica bans robusta farming entirely, while coffee trade organizations in Colombia and elsewhere have historically...

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