Brazilian Coffee

Written by Linda Alexander
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Brazilian coffee is slowly gaining recognition as one of the world's best specialty coffees, but that was not always so. Brazil is the world's largest coffee producer, making about 25 percent of the world's coffee. It comes as a surprise, then, that Brazilian coffee is not known for its quality.

There used to be a quota system for coffee in Brazil, so the focus was on quantity not quality. In the 1990s, the new government in Brazil broke the quota laws for the coffee and sugar industries. When this happened, it brought about a revolution in how coffee was grown, processed, and exported in Brazil.

Specialty Brazilian Coffee

Now, consumers are able to purchase specialty coffees from specific estates in Brazil. There is an amazing variety of coffee available in Brazil, while it used to be known for cheaper coffee. Brazilian coffee used to be blended with other coffees to make cheaper blends.

Today, Brazilian beans are not pre-blended, so people can roast them at home and blend them together to achieve a richer taste. Eighty percent of the coffee grown in Brazil is arabica, considered to be a higher quality than robusta coffee. With the rise in popularity of specialty and gourmet coffee, Brazil is now seen as an important source of high quality coffee.

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