Insight from our Master Coffee Importer
Brazil is a coffee giant producing over 40 percent of the world's coffee! Most of this is lower grade arabica and even lower grade robusta, but there are some special Brazilian coffees out there, and if you ever have had an espresso or cappuccino, there is a great chance you have had a Brazilian coffee before. Many Brazilian coffees are mechanically stripped from the coffee tree, not lovingly hand picked. This mechanical picking results in many less-than-ripe cherries taken off the tree. Another factor in Brazil's coffee is altitude, or lack thereof. Much of Brazil's coffee is lower grown in grassland areas in non-volcanic soil. These conditions are less than ideal for specialty coffee and this comes through in the cup. There are some very good Brazilian coffees. A great high quality Brazil is soft, nutty, low acid, with nice bittersweet chocolate tastes. A good Brazil can add a lot to espresso blends, and is great straight! One of our consistent favorites is a natural Brazil, where the coffee is laid out to sun dry with the cherry on. This imparts a rich dry fruit flavor onto the coffee bean, and adds to the body of the cup!
So in summary, there are some very good Brazils out there. So we cup and cup to find those that are special and pick them out of the rather large crowd of humdrum (or so-so) Brazilian coffees.