Coffee, popularly known as cafézinho is part of Brazilian culture for many years and Brazil is one of its biggest producers in the world. Because of this we have the habit of consuming coffee daily. When you visit a Brazilian home, it’s common to be offered a cup of coffee, even on hot summer days.
Brazilian coffee is usually served in small cups and very strong. Brazil, USA and Germany consume 50% of world coffee. We like coffee so much that we have many combinations of coffee, like the famous Pingado: coffee with a pint of milk.
Coffee Importance for Brazil
When sugar was no longer as profitable as before, Brazil saw the advantages of Coffee, which later became its main economical source.
It wasn’t until middle 19th century, around 1860 that Brazil, and the world in general, saw an opportunity in coffee, and Brazil took it. Using slave work, it started what historians named Ciclo Cafeeiro (Coffee Cicle), and started when João Castelo Branco brought from Maranhão to Rio, and from 1835 and 1850 was responsible for 70% of Brazil’s GDP.
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.
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 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 passes are made on each bush.
- The Brazilian coffee industry 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.
- By 1820, coffee had become 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.
That’s it folks! Today we talked about the importance of Brazilian Coffee. Grab a piece of cake, a cup of coffee and get ready for more classes with us!
Kisses from Brazil.