Brazil, the largest producer of coffee for over a century, grows over one-third of the world's coffee. There are over a dozen coffee growing regions in Brazil, mostly at the lower-end of the altitude range (reaching a peak of 1300m)
The large scale of coffee growing in Brazil is down to the mechanisation that is possible due to the relatively large and flat farms found in the country, which can lead to inconsistencies in the harvested cherries. However, there are an increasing number of speciality coffee farmers taking great care and attention over their harvest to produce consistently great coffee.
The move towards the Pulped Natural Process has also helped to improve quality over the traditional sun-drying process favoured in the past.
Taste & Quality
Brazilian coffees tend to be low in acidity, heavy bodied and sweet - often with flavours of chocolate & nuts.
Historically, Brazilian coffee has tended to be better suited for espresso blends but speciality coffee is on the rise in Brazil, and you'll see some great single-origin examples below.