Brazil has been the world’s No 1 coffee-producing countries in the world. It was the only significant exporting product in the early-mid-20th century. Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo are the principal coffee-producing states, followed by São Paulo and Paraná. In the early 1990s soybeans and specifically animal foods became more valuable products than coffee. Most of the country’s soybeans are grown in Paraná and the Rio Grande do Sul; Mato Grosso do Sul state has also become a leading producer because farmers there have increasingly used machinery and fertilizers to work the savanna soils.
Brazil is responsible for 35 percent of coffee being produced in the world.