São Paulo – The pandemic is expected to drive up the cost of harvesting coffee in Brazil. To make ends meet, producers are betting their chips on specialty coffee. The caveat is that cafés are closed in major cities like São Paulo, which used to be the biggest buyers of high-end product. The topic was in discussion during a live stream hosted by the Brazilian Coffee Exporters Council (Cecafé) this Thursday (2). The event featured speakers from several coffee-producing regions in Brazil, including Cerrado Coffee Growers Federation chairman Francisco Sergio de Assis; Agricafé CEO Silvio Leite; wholesaler association Centro de Comércio de Café de Vitória (CCCV) chairman Marcio Candido Ferreira; and Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) researcher Enrique Anastácio Alves, in Rondônia.