Roughly a third of the world’s coffee comes from Brazil, and it makes sense – the climate is ideal for growing flavorful, rich coffee beans. Not too acidic, Brazilian coffee is often nutty and chocolatey. It’s perfect for darker roasts since the beans are typically well-rounded and less complex.
But which should you buy? With so many brands to choose from, shopping for the right one can be quite overwhelming.
Fear not! We’ve done the work for you, researching and tasting Brazil’s best coffee brands. In these detailed reviews, we hope to guide you through the jungle of options. Still have questions? Take a look at our buyer’s guide at the end.
|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, 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 this brand 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 it 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 typically grown 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.
A particularly dark roast, we wouldn’t recommend this to lovers of medium and light 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 your socks off. 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, though the flavors are somewhat more interesting. When you buy this coffee, you can buy a lot of it at a very reasonable price. 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 is 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 consistent Brazilian coffee experience at a low price, Café Caboclo is not a bad choice.
When it comes to picking the Brazilian coffee, it’s all about your taste. Thinking about the flavors you love will help you pinpoint a variety of coffee you like. Keep reading to learn about your options.
Do you like dark, medium, or light roasts? Unlike the complex, floral beans from Ethiopia and Kenya, Brazilian coffee isn’t known for its delicacy. Most Brazilian coffee fans are looking for the robust, chocolatey flavors found in dark roasts.
However, if you prefer lighter roasts, they are available — you’ll just have to look a little harder.
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How much coffee do you drink? If you drink multiple cups a day or have a coffee-loving family, you may want to choose a bulk brand. You can buy Brazilian coffee beans in large two- or five-pound bags, often at very attractive prices.
We always recommend buying whole bean coffee and grinding it just before brewing. This is because ground coffee starts to lose flavor within 15 minutes. Plus, buying a grinder doesn’t have to strain your budget. However, if you prefer the convenience of pre-ground coffee, you may want to buy an airtight storage container to hold in the delicious flavor.
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If you like your coffee a little bit nutty, then you’ll probably find yourself quite happy over a Brazilian cup of coffee. To review, our favorite brand is the smooth and bold Fresh Roasted Coffee LLC Brazilian Cerrado. Our runner-up is the flavorful Coffee Bean Direct Dark Brazilian Santos, and if you prefer ground coffee, you may be interested in the Pilao Coffee Traditional Roast and Ground.
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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