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Asians' love for instant coffee fuels Robusta cultivation

Vietnam, India, Brazil produce more as Arabica loses ground

Robusta coffee beans can be grown in low altitudes and less prone to pest infections.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Asians' love for "3-in-1" instant coffee is fueling heated competition in growing Robusta beans as Brazil ups production to rival Vietnam, the biggest grower in the world.

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