South American coffee culture appears to be more resilliant to foreign influence, mostly that of the large coffee chains from the States that are so popular in other places around the world. Although there are Starbucks open in Brazil, and other countries in South America, Argentina seems to fend them off.
The history of coffee in South America really began in the 1700′s when the Dutch started to spread coffee plantations in Central and South America, this was then followed by the French who created plantations in Brazil also.
Additionally the British brought coffee to Jamaica and the Caribbean. Incedentely Jamaica’s Blue Mountain coffee is now very famous and expensive.
By the late 1700′s there were around 20 million coffee plants on Martinique. Coffee had become the top crop grown in the New World. From here the coffee plant and big crops found their way to other countries in Central and South America. Now the continent produces most of the world coffee.