Let’s check out the history of coffee in Brazil. Brazil produces about one-third of the world’s coffee. Coffee was first brought to Brazil around the 18th century. Coffee became one of the largest production in Brazil by 1920’s, providing about 80% of the world’s coffee beans, but it declined as other countries began to produce coffee.

Around 1727, Francisco de Melo Palheta smuggled coffee seeds from French Guinea. Francisco was on his way back to Brazil after a diplomatic mission. Coffee was first grown domestically until the US and European countries saw an increase in demand. There were three main locations for coffee growth Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Minas Gerais.

By the early 20th century, the coffee production made up around 16% of Brazil’s economy. Brazil grows both types of beans, arabica and robusta. Arabica coffee is produced in the southeastern regions of Minas Gerais, San Paulo, and Parana.  Robusta coffee is produced in the northwestern area of Brazil, Espirito Santo. Brazil also uses the sun to dry their coffee beans, like Honduras, after harvesting them. Brazil’s coffee gives you a low acidity, clear, sweet, medium bodied coffee taste. Producing more than 2.7 million tons of Arabica and Robusta coffee, with over 220,000 farms, has made Brazil first of the world’s coffee production!

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