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7165COFFEE BREAKCOFFEE BREAK1997color27 minvhs Next to oil, coffee is the most important commodity in the world. Millions of cups are consumed daily around the world. Yet few people know anything about the cost of the product in human and environmental terms. Filmed during the coffee harvest on a farm near the border between Nicaragua and Honduras, here the conditions are almost feudal. The work starts at 12:30 at night and continues until six the next evening. On a good day, the best of the pickers can earn up to three dollars, but most of the women and children earn half that much. In addition to the back breaking labor, the workers are exposed to pesticides that are harmful both to themselves and the environment. Even though coffee prices go higher and higher, it does not change the conditions of the farm workers in their marginal existence. (In Spanish with English subtitles)