Coffee was the big agricultural product in our area in the early 1960's. It's hard work, labor intensive and frustrating to grow coffee. Our state was a borderline one climate-wise. A coffee plant takes four years to produce and a freeze can kill the bush. After several of these freezes, coffee moved further North, giving way to other crops that brought great prosperity to the area: corn, wheat, soy and other grains.
In the middle of it all, there are two missionary kids, Ruthie Foehringer and me. Ruthie and I later lived together for a year at the missionary hostel while we went to the Escola Americana de Campinas. I believe she has been involved in deaf education for the last several years.
A historia do cafe voces ja sabem. Ai estou eu com a filha do Pastor Foehringer do Rio de Janeiro, Ruthie. Quando eramos jovens moramos juntas em Campinas quando estudamos na Escola Americana. Ouvi dizer que ela e professora de surdos.