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The Brazilian Santos Coffee are perhaps the best known coffee beans, from the port of the same name and harvested from the original plants that were imported from French Guiana. These beans produce the highest quality coffee, and are considered the best Brazil has to offer.

Bourbon Santos is considered the best while Rio Minas is of lesser quality but still acceptable to most coffee drinkers in the Middle East. Santos Delizia 355 SS is a special preparation highly appreciated and exclusively prepared for special customers brewing high quality cof

If you can roast a Brazilian City to Full City roast, you’ll be drinking the best Brazil has to offer; the light roast is deliciously nutty and the dark is smooth and chocolaty.

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Brazilian Coffee Review
The best Brazilian coffees have a relatively low acidity, and exhibits a nutty sweet flavor, often bittersweet with a chocolaty roast taste. Most unroasted Brazilian green coffee is dry processed (unwashed; natural).
The most favorable quality of a Brazilian coffee is its price – but after that, the mildness helps to balance out more intense coffee beans, making it a feature of many blends.
Roasting Brazilian Coffees
Since Brazilian coffees are grown at relatively low elevations (compared to Central American coffees, for example), the Brazil coffee beans are not particularly dense.
For this reason bringing the unroasted coffee beans to a Medium-Dark Roast (Vienna Roast; Full City Roast) is recommended – though roasting too dark may still cause an ashy bitterness.
Quality Standards for Coffee in Brazil
Generally speaking, the majority of coffee grown in Brazil is common low-altitude, low-grade Arabica – not bad, but unlikely to be considered a premium gourmet coffee. Those who enjoy a smooth, mild cup of coffee would tend towards Brazilian beans, and it is frequently used in blends by coffee companies to mellow out the flavour profile.
Recent efforts by the Brazilian government have sought to change that perception and rebrand Brazil as a specialty coffee. Organic and Fair Trade certified coffee originating from Brazil are becoming more common.
Because of the relatively lower elevations in Brazil, only very rarely is there Brazilian coffee available as Strictly High Grown (SHG), a title reserved the best beans in the world. While snobs may not appreciate this, Brazil coffees shouldn’t be overlooked, as their smooth flavor make a great cup.
Changes in the Brazilian Coffee Industry
Improvements in cultivation methods and green coffee processing, however, may not be enough to overcome the fact that the country’s non-volcanic soil is less than ideal for growing coffee, as are the lower-than-optimal growing elevations (most of the world’s fine Arabica coffees are grown at higher elevations).
That said, it should be known that Brazil does grow some great coffees. A well-oiled exporting industry means that brokers always have unroasted green coffees on offer to wholesalers, distributors and green coffee importers in North America and Canada. Brazil’s coffees make up the bulk of many blends provided by the biggest brands, and is also the main bean used in many grocery store coffees.

About one-third of all of the world’s coffee is grown in Brazil, and much of Brazil’s premium coffee is labeled Santos after the port it is shipped through. Brazil is the largest exporter in the world, supplying approximately 60% of the world’s coffee – this is due in part to the sheer size of the country. While Brazil is a prolific exporter, it’s average elevation for coffee production is only about 1,100 meters. This qualifies most of it as High Grown Coffee (900-1,200 meters), but some crops certainly fall below that threshold.
Many high quality espresso blends are made from either Bourbon Santos or Brazil Cerrado due to the ability of Brazilian coffees to take dark roasts without turning overly bitter. This is due in part to the mild, balance flavour of Brazilian coffee beans.
Altitude Range: 400 – 1,600 meters above sea level
Language Spoken: Portuguese, English, Spanish
Harvest: May – September
Annual Coffee Production: 40 – 60 million bags
Common Varieties: Bourbon, Typica, Caturra, Catuai, Acaia, Mundo Novo, Icatu

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