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Brazil Coffee Production - A Brief History

by Gaz Poole on Feb 02, 2022

Brazil Coffee Production - A Brief History

Brazil has been the world’s largest coffee producer for over 150 years and is now the number 1 consumer of coffee too, surpassing the United States in recent years. Brazil’s coffee production is that large, it equates to about one third of all global coffee production, producing 2.7 million tonnes in 2011, twice the amount of the second largest producer, Vietnam.

Brazilian coffee is primarily grown in the south-eastern states of Minas Gerais, São Paulo & Paraná, where the mountainous topography, high elevations and complex microclimates provide the ideal conditions for growing high-quality arabica coffee beans.

In the 1720’s, Brazil was looking to start growing coffee in the country, but the governor of bordering French Guiana was unwilling to export the coffee seeds into Brazil. Legend has it that Brazilian, Francisco de Melo Palheta, was sent on a diplomatic visit to French Guiana to resolve a border dispute between them and Brazil. During his visit, he seduced the governor’s wife, who secretly gave him a bouquet spiked with coffee seeds which he managed to smuggle back into Brazil. Palheta would then plant Brazil’s first coffee bush in the state of Pará, where it would then spread through the south-eastern states.

Brazil is now home to around 220,000 coffee farms, which cover about 27,000 km2 (10,000 sq mi) of the country, producing arabica beans which are nearly all processed using the natural or natural pulped method. This differs from the other coffee producing nations who favour wet processing, or fully washed coffee processing.

Shockingly, given all this information, coffee only equates to around 2.5% of all exports from Brazil. This is largely due to increased popularity in other export-heavy sectors and Brazil itself being the largest consumer of coffee in the world, drinking much of its own supply.

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