Quick Guide to Brazilian Coffee … just in time for Carnival!

Brazil is the world's largest coffee producer and coffee culture is deeply ingrained in the country's history and daily life. The country's rich soil and ideal climate conditions have made it a prime location for coffee cultivation for two centuries. 

Brazilian coffee is known for its rich flavour and smooth body, which makes it a perfect choice for all types of brewing methods. It is a versatile coffee that can be enjoyed as a light and fruity espresso, a rich and full-bodied drip coffee, or a smooth and creamy latte.

In addition to its delicious taste, Brazilian coffee is also known for its cultural importance. The country has a long history of coffee cultivation, dating back to the 18th century. Coffee played a key role in the development of the country's economy and culture, and it continues to be a vital part of daily life for many Brazilians.

Another aspect that makes Brazilian coffee unique is the diversity of regions where it is grown. The country has several coffee-growing regions, each with its own unique microclimate and soil conditions. This results in a wide range of coffee varieties and flavour profiles.

Brazilian coffee is also known for its exceptional quality. The country has strict quality standards and regulations that ensure that the coffee produced is of the highest calibre. This is evident in the awards that Brazilian coffee has won at international competitions.

Brazilian coffee is also a popular choice among speciality coffee drinkers. The country is home to several speciality coffee roasters, who carefully select and roast the best beans to bring out their unique flavours and aromas.

Brazilian Bourbon Coffee

One of the most popular varieties of coffee grown in Brazil is Brazilian Bourbon. This coffee is known for its smooth, balanced flavour profile and distinct nutty notes. It is often considered to be the "workhorse" of the coffee industry, as it is used in a wide variety of blends and is a favourite among both coffee connoisseurs and everyday coffee drinkers.

A favourite also here at H.R. Higgins. We use Brazil Daterra Bruzzi as our go-to house espresso at our shop on Duke Street. This coffee is a Bourbon variety grown on the Daterra Farm, which is made up of 216 micro farms each with their own unique characteristics. Daterra is a leader in sustainable production and innovation in the coffee industry and was the first farm in Brazil to be certified by the Rainforest Alliance. We roast it to medium to bring out the flavours of chocolate and cherry, with a hint of nuttiness. 

Yellow Bourbon Coffee

Another popular variety of Brazilian coffee is Yellow Bourbon. This coffee is characterized by its bright yellow colour and sweet, fruity flavour profile. It is known for its high acidity and complexity, making it a favourite among coffee enthusiasts who appreciate the nuances and subtleties of different coffee varieties. H.R. Higgins' Brazil Yellow Bourbon is an excellent example of this varietal, with notes of caramel, chocolate and nuts, it will make a perfect cup of coffee. For those who want something a little stronger we also offer Brazil Yellow Bourbon Dark. This brings out its delectable smoothness and flavours of rich dark chocolate with blackcurrant and plum notes.

Over the years, coffee production in Brazil has undergone significant changes. The country has adopted modern farming techniques and technologies, which has led to an increase in coffee yields and quality. Additionally, the Brazilian coffee industry has made a significant effort to improve sustainability, which includes the adoption of organic and Fairtrade farming practices.


Our philosophy on choosing our coffee range

My grandfather had a vision. Back in the 1930s when he was working as a manager at the Kenya Coffee Company coffee was not seen as a speciality at all. He wanted to start his own business and in his diary he wrote:


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