Long before we knew the words “single origin,” we were probably drinking a coffee blend whose parts included a coffee from Brazil. The country’s profile has, for many of us, informed our very idea of what coffee tastes like: nutty, chocolatey, and full-bodied. But glance at menus at specialty coffee shops now, and Brazil doesn’t always make the cut. A look at the country's coffee economy is a foray into the chapter in coffee history that's propelled the drink into so many homes around the world for so many years. Unique on many levels, the story of Brazil's coffee cues us to the possibilities and perils of growing this beloved crop.