Coffee the Brazilian Way
One should not go through life without trying the Brazilian coffee, or “cafézinho” as it was affectionately nicknamed by Brazilians. It means small black coffee, and what it lacks in size it makes up for in taste!
No cream, just plain dark coffee, water and sugar in a small cup. If you never had it before it can be quite strong which is why it became so popular to drink it in small cups.
Every household in Brazil stars the day with freshly brewed coffee and it is without a doubt the nation's favorite. One of my happiest memories is waking up to the wonderful smell of coffee and news on the radio.
We learn the pour brewing method early and by 8 we're the ones brewing it under the watchful eyes of our parents. As soon as the sweetened boiling water hits the ground coffee beans the aroma spreads and reaches every single corner of the house.
This particular coffee is made with regional coffee beans. My state, Minas Gerais, has one of the finest and largest coffee plantations in the world. We produce Coffeaarabica in impressive 500 thousand hectares!
Our coffee has won many prizes, and it was such an important part of our ancestry and culture as farmers that our politics orbited around it for decades.
The perfect everyday coffee in Brazil has a full body, it is reminiscent of bitter chocolate, it has a citric touch, fine grinding and a dark roast that gives the coffee a beautiful velvet black color.The taste is rich, complex and flavorful and it has a powerful perfume that lingers on even after the coffee ends.
Truly what best represents Brazil is the plain black coffee served in a small cup and enjoyed with family.