With its ranking as number one among the popular beverages of the world (after water), coffee would seem to be a source of wealth for the South American nations in which it is grown. This is not the case, and Coffee: A Sack Full of Power offers the reasons behind the facts. The common laborer on coffee plantations continues to be exploited by land owners, and the bulk of the money goes to coffee traders and world market speculators. As more farms move to mechanical harvesting, workers are forced out. Oscar Arias, winner of a Nobel Peace Prize, shares his thoughts regarding the coffee empires in South America.
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