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Bourbon Santos
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Bourbon Santos is a medium to high quality, wet processed (washed) coffee from Brazil; usually shipped through the port of Santos. Santos is a market name.
A good Brazilian Bourbon Santos has a light to medium body, yields a low acidity, and has a very pleasant aroma.

The Bourbon coffee plant varietal (Coffea arabica var. bourbon) tends to produce coffees that are fruiter and brighter (more acidic) than other Brazil coffees.


The low acidity of Brazilian Bourbon Santos derives from the region’s lower growing elevations compared to areas such as Central America where higher elevation plantations (e.g., 5,000 feet above sea level) produce premium gourmet coffees that are brighter (higher acidity).

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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.

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.

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