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Brazil. The king of the coffee castle. Brazil has the largest coffee production of any country, and to be honest, it’s not even close.
Brazil coffee alone accounts for 30% of all coffee produced globally. Considering the first coffee crop arrived in Brazil in the 18th century, by the 1840’s, it had become the number 1 producer of coffee.
What’s the big deal with Brazilian Coffee beans?
The huge global demand for coffee is ever-increasing, and farmable coffee land is highly valued around equatorial coffee-producing nations. Brazil sits very close to the equator and has favourable conditions for growing coffee, including elevated mountain regions, distinct hot and cold climate cycles, and perfect rainfall conditions. A drop in production in Brazil has global consequences on the coffee supply chain. We consider Brazil to be the most important coffee-producing nation for this reason.
Did you know: In 2020, a 20% decrease in harvest due to floods, frost and drought led to a global coffee supply squeeze, which saw the coffee price at origin increase by 150%.
Roasting Advice for Brazil Coffees:
Generally with Brazil coffees, the goal is a sweet and clean espresso or milk based coffee. As the growing altitudes in Brazil are lower on average, the bean density will be a bit lower than other central American coffees.
For naturally processed Brazils from low altitudes (check the labels for this info), try a slower and gentler roast, but don’t let the sweetness dissipate at the end of the roast. Pulped natural Brazil coffees can be roasted hotter, but with a bit more time in the last phase of the roast to develop more sweetness that will be lacking compared with a natural processed Brazil.
What are the major growing regions of coffee in Brazil?
Note: Brazil coffees are almost exclusively Natural process coffees.
|Region||Subregions||Elevation (metes above sea level)||Flavour Profile||Trivia|
|Minas Gerais||Sul de Minas, Cerrado de Minas, Chapada de Minas, Matas de Minas||900 – 1000||Chocolatey , sweet and easy drinking||This region alone accounts for 50% of coffee production in Brazil.|
|Sao Paulo||Mogiana, Centre-Oeste de Sao Paulo||900 – 1100||Low acidity, nutty sweet.||Sao Paulo is the gateway to the international coffee market, with the port of Santos exporting some 70+ million bags of coffee per year.|
|Espirito Santo||Mountains of Espirito, Conilon Capixaba,||700 – 1000||Bold and intense. Robust. Creamy.||Second biggest coffee growing region in Brazil. Lower altitudes on average is ideal for Robusta crops.|
|Bahia||Cerrado, Atlantico Baiano||900 – 1100||Very high quality coffee, sweet clean coffees, low acid and full body.||A very modern coffee region, established in the 70’s.|
What coffee varieties are found in Brazil?
Arabica is the most commonly grown and sought after coffee, with 70% of coffee produced in Brazil being arabica. The remaining 30% is Robusta coffee.
Of the Arabica coffee, the variety of species in Brazil is broad, however the most common ones are: Bourbon, Catuai, Acaia, and Mundo Novo. There are plenty of subspecies between each variety also.
What Brazilian Coffees does Brightside Coffee have?
Brazil coffees are a staple in the lineup at Brightside, as they have a wide appeal to all coffee drinkers. We will always have a single origin with unique characteristics you may not often associate with brazil, and we might have a more typical brazil coffee that we can use in our blends.