One could sit here and write volumes about coffee in Brazil, but if you want to read a good book about it, go to your local library and look for a copy of Vassouras: A Brazilian Coffee County, 1850-1890. The Roles of Planter and Slave in a Changing Society. Stanley J. Stein. New York: Atheneum, 1976.
Instead, we’ll tell you a little about cafezinho, a word that more than being a diminutive for coffee (cafe, in Portuguese) is almost a synonym for welcome in Brazil. Wherever you go, the minute you walk in the door, someone will pop the question would you like a cafezinho? and they won’t take no for an answer. Or maybe they won’t even ask and the cafezinho will soon materialize on a dainty tray brought in by a maid.