This is a blog about Brazil’s Coffee Culture but we would first like to present Brazil as a country in general.
It’s a top tourist destination in South America, a vibrant country, and home to many iconic landmarks.
First and foremost, a statue that took 4 years to build, ship from France to Brazil and that was in 2007 elected as one of the Seven Wonders of the World is Christ the Redeemer.
Another world-famous thing located in Rio de Janeiro is Copacabana Beach.
An interesting fact about it is that this beach was an unhealthy sandy area in the 19th century and today is the world’s most famous coastline.
It has a cute nickname: Little Princess of the Sea (“Princesinha do Mar”).
If we start listing all of the landmarks, museums, beaches, and cities, this blog is going to lose its purpose and that is the coffee culture in Brazil and will turn into a travel blog.
Nevertheless, it won’t hurt to mention one more amazing thing and that is the neighborhood Pelourinhoin the Historic Center of Salvador, Bahia which is the most colorful place in Brazil.
So, if you get bored of your city and you need colors in your surroundings, book a ticket and go enjoy baroque houses, open-air bars, shops, and a lot of music.
Brazilian Coffee Culture
It took Brazil 60 years of their first coffee bush planted in Pará, in 1727 to become the largest coffee producer by the 1840s.
The first people working on coffee plantations in Brazil were European immigrants and slaves until the slave trade was abolished in 1888.
Brazilians drink around 6-7 cups of coffee per day and why wouldn’t they since they are the biggest coffee exporter in the world.
The state of Minas Gerais is the largest coffee producer in Brazil,
and has some of the highest mountains in the country,
providing a good altitude for producing specialty coffee.
There is a region in Brazil called Alta Mogiana which has been associated with coffee for 100 years now.
It produces the finest Arabica and bean coffees.
Coffee from this region is characterized by its velvety, creamy body.
There is a strong fruity aroma with a hint of chocolate and nuts, a medium and balanced acidity.
A rich and full-bodied coffee, which is ideal for preparing an excellent espresso.
Brazilian cup of coffee is pure black, simple, and never too complicated.
A cup of coffee is a way to relax, celebrate, do business, meet friends, and means “welcome.”
You will certainly be asked: “Would you like a cafezinho?”
It will be hard to say no.
Why does coffee succeed in Brazil?
Coffee plants thrive in Brazil due to their rich soil and warm humid climate.
Brazil’s low altitude fields help produce both arabica and robusta beans,
but the crop is primarily arabica about 80%, mainly dry-processed.
Robusta is grown in the northern part of Brazil, where the terrain is flat and the climate is hotter,
shaded from the more direct rays of the sun.
Throughout Brazil, coffee is produced in 14 different regions,
with each region producing a unique blend of coffee.
The price of coffee is going up?
As you may have heard or read, Brazil’s southeastern region has been hit by
a severe drought that has affected hydropower generation, agriculture, and urban water supplies this year.
Around 1.5 million square kilometers of crops have been damaged due to the drought and the frost.
Some of the coffee farmers lost everything they had in less than 24 hours and that’s devastating.
You can read more about how much the coffee prices went up and why following the link.
It’s been very tough for the coffee farmers in Brazil this year.
The frost and drought caused severe damages and it’ll take some time for the producers to recover from the shock.