Many nations cultivate coffee. But Brazil is in a league of its own. Brazil is the leading country in coffee production and coffee exports - one-third of the world’s coffee originates in Brazil.
Brazilian coffee farms are often much larger and somewhat flatter than the smaller, hilly farms in other coffee-growing countries, which allows Brazilian producers to be extremely efficient and advanced in their picking and processing. Brazil grows a lot of Bourbon variety coffee, but many other globally-important varieties, such as Caturra, have developed there as well.
Brazil coffee is less acidic because it is grown at a lower altitude compared to coffee from Central America where coffee is grown at an elevation of more than 1,500 meters above sea level. Regions like Cerrado, Sul de Minas, and Matas de Minas are known for growing coffee of great quality. Brazilian coffee beans have a nutty flavor, which makes them the perfect choice for a dark roast. They are also reminiscent of chocolate.
Due to lower altitude growing conditions, Brazilian coffee doesn’t usually have as many complex and varied aromatics as other specialty coffee. But don’t worry: there are plenty of skilled farmers and cultivators making beans worthy of the finest cups. Because of the altitude, Brazilian coffee is known for being milder than average—think candy bar flavors as opposed to tons of fruit–which can really hit the spot, if that’s what you’re after.
As expert coffee drinkers, you might have noticed that a lot of single origin espresso drinks at coffee shops are made with ground coffee from Brazilian beans. Espresso blends often use Brazilian coffee as a key component. That’s because the round sweetness and big body found in high quality Brazilian coffees make them perfect for both straight espresso shots and milk drinks.
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