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    Coffee in Brazil

    Hello-

    After a few days in Brazil, the worlds largest producer of coffee (according to wiki), here are some notes on our worldwide addiction...

    Breakfast in portuguese is called "cafe da manh" which translates literally as "morning coffee". Anyone who knows anything about translation knows that literal translations mean little compared to an actual translation, but in this case i think coffee is actually the main course. Coffee comes with a side of bread and butter, which you ignore if you are a woman (or possible eat in secrecy, but i have yet to observe a woman eat breakfast).

    Coffee is made and kept hot in a hermetic thermos or pitcher. After a fresh pot is brewed everyone will pour a cup, most will go back for seconds, (i had thirds and fourths regularly ). When you pour "black" coffee from the pitcher it already has sugar added (a fact that I lament, but as they say, "when in Rome"). Milk is an option but sweetened black coffee is the norm. To get coffee without sugar you would have to specify before it is prepared.

    After breakfast, coffee is brewed another two or three times daily. The most interesting thing that has happened to me was while in a store shopping for clothes I was offered coffee. (Voce I accepted, of course, and was served a little plastic cup with black coffee with sugar (as i expected).

    The coffee here is darker than most brews in the states, but everyone who says we drink water in the USA has had limited exposure (then again, I have only been here a few days and my experience is limited as well). In airports espresso is more common than drip coffee, but drip coffee in homes isnt exceptionally strong. I get the sense that fresh beans, in house grinders and the such is pretty rare here, and I find it ironic that the coffee capital of the world is missing out on the potential of their crops. Im sure there are connoisseurs who appreciate a fresh cup as much as the next I just have yet to find them (or their coffee shops!) Infact when I mentioned bringing back coffee as a gift most people responded along the lines of "coffee? you might as well buy them a pair of socks (or a bag of bic pens... or anything implying coffee in Brazil is nothing special)". Though on that note - one person pointed out a fact I overlooked: most of Brazils "premium" coffee is not in Brazil, its exported! (Probably to the US).

    Tchau, ill get back if there are any other interesting developments!

    -Rudy

    (edited for grammar...)
    Last edited by rudy; 07-16-2013 at 05:55 PM.

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    Hi Rudy,
    I am in Lima, Peru, and it sounds the same as Brazil lol! sugar already in the coffee, no fresh roasted beans, no personal home coffee grinders etc... i have observed people roasting coffee here in the kilos, just to let it almost catch fire! Cafe Tunki in Peru was rated as #2 in the world behind Kenyas ndumberi coffee. Unlike Brazil, Peruvian people are more tea drinkers than coffee drinkers.
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    Hi Rudy,

    I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

    It sounds like you're enjoying your trip to Brazil. Is this a business or pleasure trip?

    Rose

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    FWIW I was in Brazil on business for 2 weeks earlier this year. I didn't realize the coffee already had sugar. No wonder I liked it! lol

    I will say that everywhere I had coffee in Brazil (restaurants, bars, roadside truck stops, the factory I was working at, etc...) there was good coffee to drink.

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    Yea the sugar in the coffee is a real buzzkill (hehe) but my hosts here are already being more than accomodating and i dont have the heart to say anything. Im here hanging out with friends till Friday around Vitoria, Espiritu Santo. Then back to the states for REAL brazilian coffee haha. Wish some of you were here now id call a convention and we would serve them some damn good brew. (Business plan, anyone?)

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    thanks for this article. makes me want to visit Brazil and experience their coffee culture.

    flori
    blogger, coffeeloversofworld.com

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    So I finally got my coffee. After asking many people who could not or would not believe that I wanted coffee beans I found some roasted unground brazilian coffee in a restaurant supply store. I bought 1 kilo.

    I hear a lot of talk about revolution in this country. Its long overdue. Time for the coffee revolution.

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    I visited Panama this past December and received the same answer when asking why the citizens drink crap coffee. All of the good stuff is exported as that's what will turn the largest profit! Sad, really, but that is the reality of a world market!

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    yeah, that part is the sad thing about coffee. the country cultivating the coffee do not usually get to enjoy their coffee as they usually export it.

    flori
    blogger, coffeeloversofworld.com

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    I think a large portion of the premium coffee grown in brazil goes to Europe.

 

 
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