Coffee has always been one of the best drinks in the world. It comes in a lot of different flavors, tastes and textures from its different species around the world. There are many coffee producing countries in the world and one of them which tops the list is Brazil. Yes, Brazil produces and exports most of the coffee the world consumes.
Coffee beans from Brazil are different because of its planting, plucking and roasting process. It has the appropriate weather for growing coffee plants. Coffee seeds here are planted at a lower altitude for which the beans are lower in acidity. The cherries here are sun dried which is a best practice for good coffee and they are mostly dark roasted. Coffee beans here taste like nuts, slightly bitter and slightly sweet. Some of its beans also give a chocolaty flavor. Some of its beans also give the taste of chocolate. They are characterized by low acidity and a naturally sweet taste.
The story of growing coffee beans is quite an interesting one. Coffee seeds are first planted. After about 5 years these plants start producing coffee cherries. People take special care of those plants until the cherries are fully ripe, after ripening they are plucked by hand or by machines. After picking ripened cherries, they are dried in the sun for two to three weeks until they are completely dry. Ripe cherries are usually red in color and once dried they turn black. Then comes the step where they roast the coffee beans. After roasting, they pack it and send it for export.. So this is how we get a perfect cup of coffee which involves a lot of effort and energy.
Coffee beans smell like nothing more than green grass before roasting. It is the roasting process that makes the beans so flavorful. Roasting is a heat process where the beans are processed into high temperatures that turn them a dark color. This process causes a chemical change in the beans that brings out their aroma and flavor. Although there are many processes involved in making coffee beans and all of them are equally important, the taste of coffee mostly depends on the roasting process. Roasting method changes the color, flavor, and texture of the coffee beans.
There are primarily 4 types of roasting –
Light Roast – Light roasted beans are light brown in color.
Medium Roast – Medium roasted beans become medium brown in color.
Medium Dark Roast – This process turns the beans dark in color.
Dark Roast – These beans are usually black in color.
The coffee beans from Brazil are mostly Arabica and Robusta. Robusta is one such species which is easy to care for and this is the reason why it is widely grown in Brazil. It contains more caffeine than Arabica, so coffee of this species will have more caffeine.
In addition, the percentage of caffeine in coffee also depends on the roast. People have a misunderstanding here. Dark roasted beans are believed to be high in caffeine, but light roasted beans are actually higher in caffeine.
Brazil has been one of the largest contributors of coffee to the global economy for the past 150 years. It has about 220,000 coffee producing farms. The people here have had a family coffee business for more than 30-40 years, which is quite surprising.
Being a leading country in the production and export of coffee, Brazil has a wide variety of coffees to offer. It can without a doubt be found throughout Brazil. Here you can get coffee from any budget to any flavor. It is rich in coffee culture and if you are a coffee lover, it is well worth trying Brazilian coffee.