|August 24, 2011||Posted by amigofoods under Brazilian Coffee, Brazilian Foods|
Brazilian coffee is more than just a drink to get you going in the morning, or an afternoon pick me up. Brazilian people are quite proud of their coffee. When someone offers you a cup of coffee in Brazil it is an invitation to put down your business for a few minutes and enjoy the coffee and the conversation that goes along with it.
Brazil produces about one third of the world’s coffee supply, growing various bean types such as Bourbon, Typica, Caturra, Mundo Novo and Arabica which is the most popular. Arabica coffee is what goes into most of the higher-end coffees found in coffee shops and on grocery shelves. Coffee represents a large part of Brazil’s economy. Brazil is also the second largest consumer of coffee, being surpassed only by the United States. The Brazilian people work hard to produce coffee, this is evident in the amount of coffee they supply to other countries. This is the Brazilians way of sharing their culture and traditions with other countries. Some of the more popular Brazilian coffee brands are Cafe Pialo, Cafe Do Ponto, Cafe Melitta, Cafe Caboclo and 3 Coracoes.
The climate in Brazil is quite favorable for growing coffee. It is hot and humid with a rich soil that coffee plants love. However, Brazil does not have the high altitude that other coffee producing areas have resulting in less acidic tasting beans.
The two main processing methods for growing Brazilian coffee are the dry process and the wet process. The dry process consists of drying the coffee while it is still in the fruit. This results in a sweet smooth tasting coffee, but beans take longer to dry in this manner which can lead to fermentation. Brazil has spent large amounts of money creating new drying processes to prevent fermentation from happening. The second method is the wet process, which consists of removing the four layers that surround the coffee bean. This results in a cleaner and fruiter coffee than the dry process. This is a fairly new method and it is not used as frequently as the dry process. Wet or dry, one thing is for sure , Brazilian coffees are amongst the best in the world.