Brazil’s landscape extends from the Amazon Basin to some of the world’s highest mountains and down to Uruguay in the South. Geographically, it is the fifth largest country in the world. Some of Brazil is rugged and difficult to access and the country is believed to have the largest number of un-contacted people in the world.
Nobody knows exactly when coffee growing first came to Brazil, but it was probably not long after the Portuguese arrived in 1500. There was an explosion of production in the late 1800’s especially in the southern states of Rio De Janeiro and Sao Paulo due to their favourable climate, soils and terrain and by the mid 1900’s over half of Brazil’s export income was from coffee.
Brazil is still by far, the world’s largest coffee producer in the world. Until recently the focus has been on volume rather than quality, with most of its Arabica being sold to the US multinationals.
But Brazil also produces high quality coffee and with the rapidly increasing wealth of the country and the worlds interest in higher coffee, there is a revolution happening right now with closer attention to farming techniques, handling and processing, single origin sourcing and the development of new coffee growing areas.
If you would like a taste of Brazil, check out our Brazil blends both available in Nespresso and A Modo Mio compatible capsules.