Coffee Beans Around Brazil
Brazil is a country rich in coffee diversity. It is constantly innovating itself to give the world the best coffee possible.
2.4 million hectares are dedicated to coffee plantations and of those 74% are occupied by the Coffee arabica beans that are constantly being improved by natural crossing and scientific studies.
Brazil produces both Coffee arabica and Coffee robusta. There are a lot of varieties of arabica beans in Brazil, this species is known for its high quality. It is more aromatic and sweeter, it has less caffeine and more complexity of flavors. It’s produced mostly in Minas Gerais, Paraná, Bahia and Mogiana São Paulo.
Coffee robusta is considered to be of a lesser quality even though it is used more in blends and instant coffee due to its solubility. It has a higher caffeine concentration than arabica coffee, a heavy body and a bitter taste. The plant is very resistant and strong which makes it easy to cultivate.
There are 3 states that focus on robusta production. Rondônia, second largest producer of robusta coffee, the cultivation is mostly a family business. The flavor is very neutral. Espírito Santo has a very traditional approach to coffee cultivation. And Bahia has a strategic geographic advantage since it’s harvest happens earlier than other states.
Coffee is consumed in various styles in Brazil, traditional, cappuccino, gourmet, it depends a lot on the occasion. Cappuccino is usually produced by in house machines while traditional is commonly sold in every food store in Brazil.