Welcome to a new installment of Coffee Country Spotlight, where you can learn about an interesting country and their role in the world of coffee, all while sipping your own steamy cup of delicious pick me up any time of day coffee. Today’s country of choice is….drum roll please…Brazil (Did you catch that awesome announcer voice?)
The lovely South American country of Brazil stretches from the Amazon Basin to the impressive Iguacu Falls. Besides being known for its coffee, Brazil is known for Carnival, an annual festival featuring a parade with floats, flamboyant costumes and samba. The country’s capital is Brasilia and the entire country has more than 200million residents, making it the fifth largest in the world.
Now, it’s time for our fun facts section….
- Brazil has been ranked the largest coffee producer for the 150 years!
- Brazil was the world’s first country to ban tanning beds.
- Brazil once tried to sell an aircraft carrier on Ebay.
- In 2007, it was reported that were 67 tribes in Brazil who have never come in contact with modern man. (Bet they still like their coffee, though! J )
- There is an island in Brazil that is off limits for travel because it has a population of up to 5 snakes per square meter.
Coffee production is a huge deal in Brazil. In fact, there are more than 220,000 coffee plantations in Brazil covering more than 10,000 square miles of land. The majority of these coffee plantations are located in Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo, and Parana where the climate is perfect for growing. That’s a whole lot of coffee farms. Believe it or not, coffee was not native to this area. A man named Francisco de Melo Palheta planted the first coffee bush in Parana back in 1727.
While Brazil is the world’s largest coffee producer, the country only produces two varieties, the Arabica and robusta. More than 85% of coffee produced is Arabica. Germany, USA, Italy, Japan and Belgium are the largest buyers of Brazilian coffee.
Brazil not only produces the largest amount of coffee, its residents are some of the largest consumers of coffee in the world. In fact, the population’s coffee intake has increased from 8.2 million bags back in 1990 to 20 million bags in the beginning of 2012. That’s a whole lot of coffee! Those 20 million bags of coffee can be converted into about 21.05 gallons of coffee consumed annually by each person 10 years of age and older.
No matter where you get your coffee from the main point is to make sure you never run out. We hope you enjoyed learning about coffee production in Brazil. Until next time, stay caffeinated!