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First introduced to Colombia in the early 1800s, coffee quickly became the country’s chief source of legal foreign income. Today, Colombia ranks second in the world behind Brazil in the production of coffee, contributing approximately 12 percent of the world’s supply. Here, a boy picks coffee beans in a field near the western town of La ­Morelia.

the world’s coffee, ranking the country in second place behind Brazil. About 500,000 farmers, or approximately 20 percent of the country’s agricultural labor force, are engaged in coffee ­production. Colombian coffee is widely recognized as being among the world’s finest. The country’s specialty coffees, in particular, have a splendid reputation for ­excellence.


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