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Rural worker holds coffe beans in a coffe plantation field in Minas Gerais State, Brazil. Brazil remains the largest coffee exporting nation, followed by Vietnam and Indonesia. While coffee is not technically a commodity (it is fresh produce; its value is directly affected by the length of time it is held), coffee is bought and sold by roasters, investors and price speculators as a tradable commodity. Coffee was introduced to Brazil in 1727, although its cultivation did not gather momentum until the country´s independence in 1822. After this time, massive tracts of rainforest were cleared first from the vicinity of Rio and later Sao Paulo for coffee plantations.