But what is happening in Brazil?
For 100 years, Brazil has been the world's leading coffee producer!
100 years ago, 80% of the coffee consumed in the world came from Brazil, today it is less than 35%, quite a drop but explained by the emergence of other producing countries. But it remains number 1!
Brazil produces 55 million bags each year, 80% of which are Arabica.
The varieties: Bourbon, introduced to Brazil by slaves from Guyana in the 19th century, Catuai, Mundo Novo and Icatu.
3 preparation techniques: washed green coffee, semi-washed and Sundry (sun-dried). Each technique will depend on the region and the water resources available.
The major coffee-growing regions: the state of Sao Paulo , the Cerrado (the most industrial and most mechanized production, origin of industrial coffees), the Sul del Minas (bean of greater quality due to a higher altitude), the Minas Gerais (production of quality coffee, often harvested manually), the state of Bahia and Espirito Santo (culture of robusta and arabica with average qualities).
There are 300,000 fincas and several million people who live by and for coffee in Brazil, hence the impact on markets of crop fluctuations in Brazil.
The year 2021 will have seen a 15% drop in harvests due to a cold snap in the major producing regions and as a result, the year 2022 is also set to drop!
The coffee price should not drop this year!
For 5 years Cafés des Alpes has selected a San Rafael coffee, from the Minas Gerais region, a very balanced arabica, naturally very creamy, with an SCAE rating of 80.5/100. The San Rafael is the example of the development of a specialty coffee and therefore of quality in Brazil!
It is a very balanced coffee, with notes of cocoa and caramel, of medium intensity, with a very creamy finish in espresso preparation. It is ideal for all times of the day!