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Coffee Farm

Photo by Francisco Osuna, Elan Organic Coffees.

Coffee is planted on 2.8 million hectares (~7 million acres) in Latin America (Mexico, Central America, Colombia) and the Caribbean.
Coffee covers almost half of the permanent cropland in these areas.
This is what a "traditional" coffee farm looks like: coffee shrubs are protected from sun and damaging storms by layers of vegetation overhead.
Commonly, the shade trees and other vegetation are intentionally planted, and provide additional crops (lumber, firewood, fruits, medicines).