Guest post by Emma Crameri, Brisbanista
Coffee isn’t something you’d usually associate with football, but did you know that Brazil has been the world’s largest producer of coffee for the last 150 years, currently producing about a third of all coffee. So you’d think the Brazilians would know a little bit about drinking coffee.
The coffee beans were brought into Brazil in 1727 by a Portuguese settler Francisco de Mello Palheta. He is said to have smuggled the beans in a bouquet of flowers. The beans came from French Guyana and the first coffee plantation was started in the Mogiana region which is a border area of South Brazil.
Brazil is the second largest consumer of coffee and is predicted to surpass the United States in the mid-2010s. The coffee grounds are concentrated in four major producing states: Minas Gerais, Paraná, Espírito Santo, and, of course, São Paulo. A good Brazilian coffee has a relatively low acidity, and exhibits a nutty sweet flavor, often bittersweet with a chocolaty roast taste. Most Brazilian coffee is dry processed (unwashed and natural). Cafezinho is the typical coffee preferred by all Brazilians. The coffee is served everywhere across the nation and most Brazilians prefer drinking it in small cups all through the day. It is a small, intense, and most of all, very sweet shot of black coffee. Espressos or carioca are also common. You’ll hear the phrase ‘você quer um cafezinho?’ (do you want a little coffee?) in cafes and as a way of welcoming someone into a Brazilian’s home.
Frank Sinatra said it best when he sang, ‘They grow an awful lot of coffee in Brazil.’ Will you be drinking coffee while watching The World Cup?