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BrasilCoffee2005_0002

Not in Rio: Patrociono has its own megastatue, but perched on a much less, er, dramatic slope. In fact, I would call it a "mound". Cerrado is flat basically, akin to the Savanna terrain of Africa. From L to R, Alberto Miranda, Eugene-based coffee mystic and king of Cafe Mam, Ensei Neto, the Cerrado competition director, John di Ruocco of Mr. Espresso, and someone hiding behind the nettles. Actually, that's a Euphorbia called Crown of Christ in Portuguese.