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Why is Brazil's Coffee So Good?

Updated on February 21, 2012

Brazil is known for a lot of things. One thing that Brazil is not as known for being is a coffeeproducer. But, Brazil’s coffee industry is a significant player on the world coffee markets. Its share has shrunk due to a number of conditions including more competition but nonetheless is still producing some of the worlds best coffee.

Brazil has a crucial role in the coffee markets of the world, because it is a producer of over 25 percent of that market. If, something prevents Brazil from harvesting the coffee crops every year than the world market prices for those beans goes up considerably. The onset of drought, storms, or even unfertile soil that ruins crops can cause this.

Coffee is actually not a native to Brazil it was actually brought over on trading ships from the French Guyana back in the early 1720’s. But, they found that the fertile soil and climate conditions in this country where excellent place to grow coffee. When introduced there were a couple of specialty Arabica beans that they planted. One of the types of coffee bean that is produced is the mild blend. The other type of coffee is the Brazils. There are other types of coffee beans produced there, but these are the finest ones that are Brazil’s main focus of bean.

There are a few things that make Brazilian coffee unique in its tastes, texture, acidity and darkness. The way that Brazilians make their coffee after it comes off the tree is what affects a lot of these characteristics. Once the bean is harvested from the tree it is than taken down to a local processing plant where the beans are laid out under the sun. These beans are laid out for about 48 hours to be sifted and thoroughly dry. They are then washed and processed according to the type of coffee they are designated for.

The coffee that comes out of Brazil is classified based on the geography of the states. The states that you see the coffee come out of are the Bahania, Espirito Santo, Mina Gerais, Parana, and Sao Paulo. These five states within the country of Brazil are the largest producers of coffee beans in the country. Since, each of these states resides in different portions of the country they can affect the quality of the bean.

The quality of the region effects the quality of the bean because as you head north or south in brazil the climate changes pretty dramatically. Some of the best beans coming out from Brazil are from the states of Alfena and Allegre. These states are both located near the central region of Brazil. In the north, you have coffee that has a more robust flavor, and they come from the northern parts of Brazil. Much of the northern coffee grown in Brazil is hipped to parts of the Middle East and southern Europe. The Sothern areas of Brazil are specialty coffee beans that you will find in a variety of espressos, cappuccinos, and other specialty coffees.

If, you are a lover of coffee as I am than get your hands on some of the traditional coffee from Brazil. Its unique aroma, lifting taste and blend of South American curing techniques will tantalize your senses.


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    Arlene V. Poma 6 years ago

    Wonderful Hub, and so true about Brazilian coffee. When I was visiting, I used to start my day with a cup of coffee and take my sweet time. I'd think about all the good things life offers. That coffee is simply heavenly, and there is nothing like it. I'd go back just for the coffee and the chance to linger at a sidewalk cafe. Bookmarked, voted up and everything else.