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Coffee Crops Hit Again: Frost struck farms in southern Minas Gerais, Brazil's biggest coffee-growing state, and growers said the effects were harsher than the freeze that hit the area two weeks ago. Coffee prices soared after the previous cold snap, called the worst frost there in more than a decade. Brazil is the largest coffee producer in the world, and any threat to its crop dramatically affects world coffee prices. An official at a coffee cooperative confirmed there had been heavy frost but said it was too early to make a specific estimate of damage.

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