Hello friends! In our Dica today, we’ll talk about Brazilian Coffee and the best Brazilian coffee brands. Grab your mug and let’s drink some coffee!
Coffee, popularly known as cafézinho is a big part of Brazilian culture. Brazil is the the biggest coffee producer in the world. So of course we have the habit of drinking coffee everyday, all day! When you visit a Brazilian home, it’s common to be offered a cup of coffee, even on hot summer days.
Our coffee is usually served in small cups and very strong. Together Brazil, USA and Germany consume 50% of world coffee. We like coffee so much that we keep our coffee combinations simple, like the famous Pingado: coffee with a drop of milk.
Take a look at this video and see how we drink coffee in Brazil. Don’t forget to turn the subtitles on and check out our Youtube Channel to more Dicas like this one.
Coffee Importance for Brazil
When sugar was no longer as profitable as it had been, Brazil started to invest in coffee plantations, which later became the country’s main economical source.
It wasn’t until around 1760 that Brazil, and the world in general, saw a growth in coffee production, Brazil saw this advantage and took it. Using slave labor, it started what historians have named the Ciclo Cafeeiro (Coffee Cicle). Starting when plants were brought from Maranhão to Rio, and production really took off, seeing the Brazilian GDP increased enormously between 1835 and 1850.
Brazilian Coffee made its way into our economy and culture, and nowadays the country is the biggest exporter and producer, responsible for a third of world production.
Best coffee regions in Brazil
To understand more about the geographic distribution of our coffee, check out the best coffee regions in Brazil:
- Chapada Diamantina
- Cerrado Mineiro
- Sul de Minas
- Matas de Minas
- Mantiqueira de Minas
- Alta Mogiana
- Montanhas do Espírito Santo
- Rio de Janeiro
- Ourinhos e Avaré
- Norte do Paraná
Brazilian Coffee Curiosities
- Brazil produces about 30 percent of the world’s coffee supply.
- Brazil has about 290,000 coffee growers.
- About 6 billion coffee bushes grow each year in Brazil.
- Situated in the southeastern part of the country, Minas Gerais is Brazil’s largest coffee-producing state.
- In Brazil, coffee beans are harvested from May through to September.
- With a 28 percent share, Brazil is the top supplier of coffee to the U.S.
- Eighty percent of coffee from Brazil is a variety known as Arabica.
- Brazilian farmers traditionally pick coffee beans by hand, meaning just one or two harvests are made on each bush.
- The coffee industry in Brazil generates about 8 million jobs.
- Coffee beans made up 10 percent of Brazil’s commodity exports in 2013.
- Coffee exports generated $5.15 billion in revenue for Brazil in 2013.
- The coffee borer beetle, which lays eggs in coffee beans, costs Brazil $300 million per year in lost crops.
- Small-scale coffee farming in Brazil gained traction in 1888 after the abolition of slavery and the introduction of favorable immigration rules.
- The first major exports of coffee in Brazil began in 1802.
- In 1837 coffee was the most exported product in Brazil.
- Brazilian coffee is known for its clear, sweet, medium-bodied, low-acid qualities.
- Production of specialty coffees in Brazil picked up steam in the 1990s.
- Brazil is the world’s second largest consumer of coffee.
- More than 98 percent of Brazilian households drink coffee.
- Some experts predict Brazil soon will oust the U.S. as the world’s largest coffee-consuming market.
- Coffee shop chain Starbucks opened its 100th store in Brazil in 2015.
Brazilian coffee brands
Now that you know the best of Brazilian coffee, let’s get to know the best Brazilian coffee brands!
- Café Pilão
- Dark Brazilian Santos
- Dark Brazilian Cerrado
- Café do Ponto
- Café 3 corações
- Peet’s Coffee Brazil Minas Naturais
- Cabloco Tradicional
There’s an amazing place in the center of Rio de Janeiro called Curto Café. This place is great not only because of its welcoming service and friendly staff but most of all because of its honesty system payment ideology with suggested collaborative prices. That is, you can pay as much as you want! If you come study Portuguese in Brazil with us, we can take you there to have a great cup of coffee.
That’s it! Grab a piece of cake, a cup of coffee and get ready for more classes with your favorite Portuguese school!
Kisses from Brazil.