Brazil is known for coffee, and why is that? Roughly a third of the world’s coffee comes from Brazil, and it makes sense – the environment produces beans that are great for the average coffee drinker. Not too acidic, Brazilian coffee is often nutty and chocolatey. It’s perfect for darker roasts since it typically isn’t a bean that jumps out at you. Brazilian coffee is hearty in flavor, and made with plenty of heart.
But which should you buy? With so many to choose from, it can be quite overwhelming.
Fear not! We like drinking coffee and reading up on coffee and putting our nose to the ground… as long as there is coffee in it! In these reviews we hope to guide you through the jungle of options, and which ones you can scratch off your list.
|Fresh Roasted Coffee Dark Brazilian Cerrado|
|Coffee Bean Direct Dark Brazilian Santos ||Dark||4.60/5|
|Pilao Coffee Traditional ||Dark||4.50/5|
|Peet's Coffee Brazil Minas Naturais ||Medium||4.35/5|
|Cafe Caboclo ‘Torrado e Moido’ ||4.15/5|
This bean from Fresh Roasted Coffee LLC encapsulates so much of what we think about Brazilian coffee and does it quite well. Smooth and nutty with undertones of cocoa, all while being bold. If you prefer lighter single origins from African regions, this bean probably won’t pack enough of a punch for you, but coffee drinkers who prefer a good all-around cup of coffee will find this roast to be downright scrumptious. Depending on how much coffee you drink, you can buy this coffee in two or five-pound bags. Those of you concerned with your carbon footprint can rest easy knowing that the Fresh Roasted roasting process is specifically designed to eliminate 80% of its carbon footprint.
Because does a great job of displaying what we know and love about Brazilian coffee, it was a no–brainer as our top pick.
This is another great bean but doesn’t quite make it as our top pick. Coffee Bean Direct has produced a coffee that is low in acidity but is even–bodied, which is quite a feat, since acidity plays a big role in the overall body of a cup. It has the typical chocolate characteristic of Brazilian coffee, but this roast brings out notes of cinnamon and dried cherries.
Brazilian coffees are grown typically between 3,000 and 4,000 feet. Notes of fruit are common for coffee beans grown at high altitudes, which leads us to guess that this was grown closer to 4,000 feet.
Another dark roast, we wouldn’t necessarily recommend this to lovers of lighter African coffees, but we also recommend it to people who love super dark roasts. We are also very curious as to how this would taste as a light roast.
Pilao Coffee is the most popular coffee in the one of the most popular coffee regions of the world, so of course, it has to be on this list. With that being said, this coffee isn’t going to knock you out. It still holds characteristics that you expect from a Brazilian coffee, but they aren’t as nuanced as our top two picks.
The best way to think about this coffee is that it’s Brazil’s version of Folgers. Except it’s better than Folgers. When you buy this coffee, you can buy a lot of it at a price that won’t set you back. If you ever find yourself in a Brazilian diner, don’t be surprised if you find yourself having a cup of Pilao.
We had a bit of a hard time figuring out where to put Peets on the list. It’s a lighter roast than the first three, so naturally, it’s a bit more acidic. It also confirms our preconceived notions that Brazilian coffee is fruity, chocolatey, and nutty. Because of the roast of this bean, those characteristics are a bit more pronounced, and since it’s a larger roaster, they aren’t able to be as nuanced with the flavors as one would hope. This can lead to some really inconsistent results, a side effect we don’t see with the first three coffees on our list.
This coffee is interesting because it certainly isn’t on the specialty radar, but finds itself in a bitter rivalry with its competitor at number 3 – Pilao Coffee.
Word on the street says that people who drink Pilao also drink Cafe Caboclo. From what we can gather, loyalists to the tin can (Folgers’ style bulk coffee) switch between the two quite a bit.
So, as we know, Brazilian coffee is nutty and chocolatey – and Café Caboclo is no exception. But this is the Maxwell House to our Folgers. Sure, it has those familiar tastes, but you have to be looking for them. If you’re looking for a manufactured Brazilian coffee experience on par with a late night diner, Café Caboclo is not a bad choice.
When it comes to picking the Brazilian coffee, it’s all about your taste. Pinpointing a region of coffee you like takes a huge part of the guessing game out of the equation.
that are single origins or grown at higher altitudes, but they are lighter roasts, more acidic, and certainly more expensive. They’re also harder to find. This list was meant to be universal.
We’re not just saying that out of pride. The roasters are really on to something. It should be known that mass-producing coffee isn’t easy and normally you have to burn the beans just to mask any mistakes. The roasters of our top picks haven’t done that though- they’ve let the flavor of Brazil shine through.
in wanting to have the Brazilian version of Folgers. We get it. It’s an interesting version of Folgers too!
Other regions we’ve covered:
If you like your coffee a little bit nutty, then you’ll probably find yourself quite happy over a Brazilian cup of coffee. It’s generally considered the best for a reason, and we think it’s a good idea to believe popular opinion. Of course, with Brazil producing so much coffee, there are so many brands we were unable to discuss. We always encourage doing your own research and becoming as knowledgeable as possible on the subject of our favorite drink.
We understand that choosing the coffee that is right for you is a difficult task, and hope that these reviews have mitigated some of that difficulty. If these reviews lead to you staring at the bottom of an empty cup with a smile on your face, then we’ve done our job.
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