If you love coffee, then discovering different coffee regions is a must. In this blog we will focus on Brazil's coffee regions and their distinctive flavors.
Brazil is a central leader in coffee production and more than 30% of the world's coffee is produced there. The country has six different regions where coffee comes from. In this coffee guide, we'll take you through each of these regions so you can learn more about the flavors and quality of Brazilian coffee.
We ourselves are real fans of Brazilian coffees. The Capricornio has been one of the most popular coffees in our collection for years. The great thing about this coffee is that the flavors are so subtle that you can drink it with anything. Nutty flavors and notes of chocolate characterize, in our opinion, Brazilian coffees.
We are increasingly discovering that Brazil has much more to offer than just a good blender or 'simple' coffee. We have a very nice Decaf from Brazil and we are working with more and more beautiful specials with unique flavor profiles. I can't wait to take you through this Brazil guide in which I will tell you more about the coffee-producing regions in Brazil.
São Paulo: excellence at great heights, for Brazil that is
São Paulo is proud of its high-quality coffee production. The coffee is grown at an altitude of approximately 1,000 meters above sea level, which ensures excellent quality and flavor profiles. The fertile soil and favorable climate in this region contribute to the unique properties of the coffee beans. São Paulo coffee is known for its sweetness and a distinct aroma, with subtle notes of chocolate, nuts and fruit. Through the careful selection and processing of the beans, you enjoy a delicious cup of coffee with a full taste and character. Whether you prefer espresso, cappuccino or filter coffee, coffee from São Paulo will certainly surprise you with its distinctive taste profile and quality.
Minas Gerais: the coffee giant
Minas Gerais is by far the largest coffee producer in Brazil and is known for its rich and abundant flavor profiles. The coffee from this region has a full body and a delicious sweet taste. The flavor notes are very diverse, ranging from fruity and floral aromas to nuts and chocolate, making every cup of coffee a unique experience.
The climate and soil conditions in Minas Gerais create the ideal conditions for the coffee plants to thrive and reach their full potential. The coffee berries are grown with care and harvested by hand, where only the ripest berries are selected.
This ensures that the coffee is always of high quality and continues to surprise the taste buds of coffee experts. Whether you are a connoisseur or simply enjoy a good cup of coffee, a visit to Minas Gerais is a must to experience its exceptional coffee culture and flavors.
Espírito Santo: robust and versatile
In Esprito Santo, Brazil's second largest coffee-producing region, the robusta variety is mostly used. Esperito Santo coffee is known for its robust and distinct aroma, but also offers refined flavors of chocolate and nuts.
Due to the lower altitude at which the coffee is grown compared to São Paulo and Minas Gerais, the coffee develops a fuller flavor that coffee lovers will certainly appreciate.
At Zwarte Roes we currently have a range of 100% Arabica coffee . We have certainly tested the robusta variety a number of times, but have never included it in our range.
Bahia: rising star of specialty coffee
Bahia is one of the newer coffee regions in Brazil and the coffee from this region is quickly gaining fame. Bahia, located in northeastern Brazil, is a relatively new player in the coffee world. Coffee has only been grown here since the 1970s, but it has already gained fame for the quality of the beans and the use of technology.
About 75% of the crops consist of Arabica. With a great balance between sweetness and acidity, Bahia coffee has a unique flavor profile. The fertile soil and ideal climatic conditions of the region ensure that the coffee plants can grow and thrive optimally.
In terms of climate, the region has high altitudes and a warm climate, with dry summers and rainy winters. This results in sweet coffees, usually Catuaí, with low acidity and a full body.
But it's not just the region's productivity levels that are notable. Antonio Rigo de Oliveira from the Chaçará São Judas Tadeu farm in the city of Piatã won Brazil's 2015 Cup of Excellence for Pulped Naturals, with a score of 91.22 out of 100. Antonio was also awarded the Seal of Presidential Coffee for having a score scored higher than 90 points.
Due to the great potential for specialty coffee in Bahia, more and more coffee lovers and connoisseurs are interested in discovering the unique flavors this region has to offer.
Mogiana: nutty and complex
Mogiana coffee is known for its strong nutty flavor, which is enhanced by the rich and fertile soils of this region. The coffee farmers in Mogiana have a deep understanding of coffee production and use both dry and wet methods to process the coffee beans. The dry method allows the beans to retain their natural sweetness and create a full body, while the wet method adds vibrant acidity and complex aromas. The interplay of these different elements makes Mogiana coffee truly unique and loved by coffee lovers all over the world.
Cerrado Mineiro: certified quality
Coffee from this region often bears the name 'Cerrado' and is known for its particularly soft taste with subtle notes of chocolate. The Cerrado Mineiro region is world famous for the exceptional quality of its coffee and the environmentally sustainable methods used in its production. As much as 90% of the coffee from this region is certified according to the strict quality parameters of the Brazilian Specialty Coffee Association, indicating that it meets the highest standards for specialty coffee. With its rich flavor profile and sustainable production practices, Cerrado coffee is a true treat for the senses and a conscious choice for coffee lovers around the world.
Our journey through the coffee regions of Brazil is over. We hope you find this blog filled with information that will make you more interested in discovering the different flavors and characteristics of Brazilian coffee. Whether you are a coffee lover or a professional, there is always more to discover. Try some coffee from each region so you can discover which flavors appeal to you most.
If you have a personal question about these Brazilian coffee regions, you can always send me an email and I will try to help you as best as possible.