The Miami Herald
December 7, 2001

Brazilian postage stamp a way to smell the coffee

 BRASILIA -- (AP) -- The National Postal Service of Brazil announced Thursday that it will issue a postage stamp that smells like coffee to help identify the product with Brazil abroad.

 The post office will issue 3.6 million of the stamps, each worth 1.30 reals, or about 54 cents.

 Designed by local artist Vera Pilotto da Silva, the stamp shows a spoon with coffee beans and contains coffee resin to give it aroma.

 Brazil is the world's largest producer and exporter of coffee.

 Two years ago, Brazil issued a stamp with the smell of burned wood, to call attention to the destruction of the rain forest.

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