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    Where is coffee come from?

    Whatever the song suggests, coffee does not come just from Brazil – right round the world, along the equator and between the two tropics, there are coffee growing areas, and there are vast differences in what they turn out. On the one hand, Hawaii has always imposed import limits on coffee and heavily promoted its exports, so local growers are content and well treated. On the other hand, Oxfam has recently caused a storm with its allegations that beans which leave South American farmers at 14 cents a kilo are on our local shelves at $26.40 a kilo. Some people have been working on this for ages Ð Bill Fishbein…