Did you know that when you drink a coffee in Italy, the blend you are drinking probably contains a single origin coffee from Brazil? Indeed, Brazil is the largest coffee-producer in the world, and has been estimated to grow about 35% of the total coffee produced.
Throughout Brazil, coffee plantations are very popular (approximately 4 million plants are grown, 80% of which are Arabica) because they benefit from a climate and soil that give the coffee incredible aromatic notes and a pleasant sweet taste.
But even if Brazil is the world’s largest coffee grower, the plant did not originate here. Instead, it originally came from Ethiopia, first spreading to North Africa and Turkey and then, with the American colonisation, to French Guyana. The coffee plant was only exported to Brazil in 1727. Given its vast expanses of arable land and perfect climate, the nation would soon become the leading world coffee producer, accounting for approximately 75% of the global production.
The plant then spread to other areas on the tropical/equatorial strip, gradually breaking (even if only slightly) the record set by Brazil. Despite this, today Brazil is still one of the largest producers of Arabica coffee and also holds the record for growing the finest quality of beans.
Why is Brazilian Arabica so good?
When it comes to coffee, climate and soil are the key elements affecting quality. Brazilian Arabica coffee is more than privileged: the nation’s soil is rich in mineral salts and the fact that the plants grow near the vast highlands gives the coffee beans some decidedly unique notes. But the rains are also important: one characteristic of coffee is that it flowers each time it rains in the right season. The climate in Brazil, which alternates periods of rain with other, drier periods, means that the crops are heterogeneous and of the finest quality.
This is why the beans sourced from the Brazilian coffee plantations are slightly sweet, with a pleasant note of acidity and a full body. The aroma is also of a high level, and generally presents notes of dried fruit and caramel (also obtained thanks to the growing and processing methods).
These are all characteristics that make the coffee grown here perfect for traditional Italian espresso!
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