Brazil is the largest coffee exporting country, with a rich history of production and export that spans centuries. The coffee plant was first introduced to Brazil in 1727 by Francisco de Melo Palheta, a Portugese colonist who brought seeds from French Guiana. Since then, Brazil has developed a robust commercial export industry, and the country currently grows around one third of the world’s coffee. Generally speaking, Brazilian coffees are heavy and sweet with low acidity and notes of chocolate and nuts.
With a deep tradition of coffee growing, Brazil has grown into the most technically advanced and industrialised coffee producing country on the planet. With a strong commercial emphasis on volume, coffee from Brazil has developed a reputation for having lower quality, or less interesting coffee than other origins. With many plantations located on flat land, many farms employ strip picking or harvesting machines to quickly harvest all the cherries. Unfortunately, this indiscriminate method allows under- and over-ripe cherries into the process, which can be extremely detrimental to the final cup.
Given the sheer size of Brazil and with many distinct growing regions, there are many producers in Brazil that have established themselves as cornerstones of a new world class Brazilian coffee. Our partnerships with organisations like Fazenda Ambientale Fortaleza are essential to improving coffee standards and building long-lasting relationships with quality producers in Brazil.