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As Frank Sinatra once sang, “They’ve got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil!” How do you refer to your cuppa? Java, Brew, Jitter Juice, Mud, or Joe? Do you sip it black or take it with cream and sugar?  

Whether you’re a more recent coffee convert or a well-seasoned caffeinator, you likely know about Brazilian coffee. But you may be wondering, what is the best Brazilian coffee available for purchase?

We’ve assembled this comprehensive buying guide to direct you to the best beans on the current market. Keep reading for detailed reviews and specs on sixteen leading coffee brands.

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When it comes to roasting coffee, Peet’s is no newcomer to the scene. Their specialty roasts hit the Bay Area back in the ‘60s and they’ve only risen in popularity since. They’ve got a few years headstart on Starbucks, and over twice the experience as Caribou and Stumptown. 

Let’s talk about why we chose their Single Origin Brazil as our list’s best choice. 

This smooth, full-bodied medium roast was grown under the Brazilian sun — in the Minas Gerais region. Enjoy their sun-dried fruit sweet taste with natural notes of caramel, and hazelnut. It’s no surprise these ground coffee beans are of a single origin. 

Okay, fancy, but what does that mean? 

A lot of coffees available for purchase are blends, meaning the beans came from several different locations before being roasted and blended together. Single-origin, as the name suggests, means all beans came from that one region.

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Tip: Once you’ve opened your new bag of grounds, store unused coffee in an airtight, opaque container.

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Ready to brew up a cup of happiness? Then you need to order this Dark Brazilian Santos from CoffeeBean Direct. 

Stock up with this 5-pound bag of whole bean dark roast. Grind fresh grounds to your desired coarseness. Perfect for whatever method of brewing you prefer from pour-over to Moka pot, French press to automatic drip. You can even grind it for use with your reusable K-cups. 

Enjoy full-bodied flavor with low acidity. Breathe in the fruity aroma deeply before sipping. Then indulge your tastebuds with flavor notes of dark chocolate, dried cherries, and a hint of sage. No added flavoring — all natural! 

It’s no surprise we named this powerful java our premium pick of the list.

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Tip: For optimal flavor, don’t grind all your beans ahead of time. Freshly grind what you need right before brewing.

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Folgers is tough to beat when discussing the best value. The best part of waking up is saving megabucks! (Or something like that.)

If you haven’t yet tried Folgers Brazilian Blend, what are you waiting for?

Oh, right! Our review. 100% coffee in Folger’s signature interlocking AromaSeal canister. This container seals in freshness like no other. Taste the mountains of Brazil as you savor each eye-opening sip. 

This medium roast is rich, smoky, and roasted in good ol’ New Orleans, Louisiana. There’s a good reason Folgers has been an icon and trusted American coffee brand for over 150 years.

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Tip: Does mocha walnut pie sound good to you? What about a mocha chocolate chip cheesecake? Head to the Folgers Coffee website for recipes using — you guessed it — coffee!

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This full-bodied very dark roast comes from the best plant regions of Brazil. Pilao Coffee Traditional Roast is the real deal. 

What do we mean by that? 

As the name suggests — traditional — this coffee is like what Brazilians themselves choose to sip on. 

Brew up a cup to start your morning off right. Right being inhaling in rich and simple aromas and exhaling out total bliss. The flavors are of fermented fruit. Think dried apricots or raisins, rounded off with notes of semi-sweet chocolate. 

Is your mouth watering a little bit too or is that just us?

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Just one quick look at Fresh Roasted Coffee’s packaging conveys all you need to know. It. IS. Classy! 

Another single-origin, this Dark Brazilian blend comes from the Cerrado region of Brazil. It’s grown at high-altitudes in rich, mineralized soil during the rainy season. All ideal conditions for a successful coffee crop!

What we love most about this coffee would have to be the roasting process. Fresh Roasted uses a Loring Smart roaster to cut down on carbon emissions. And — more good news — this smokeless coffee roasting environment also enhances the flavor and quality of the beans. 

Other than being admirably environmentally-friendly, this coffee tastes good. Delight your senses with bold flavor notes of cocoa and rich walnut. Let its smooth drinkability roll around your mouth and awaken your sense of adventure. 

What’s missing from this coffee? 

We’re glad you asked.

What you won’t find in every sip is that burnt, lingering finish. You also won’t find any additives, artificial flavors, or preservatives.

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Tip: Contrary to popular belief, storing coffee in your freezer isn’t the best option to keep it fresh. This is because the moisture extracts flavor from the coffee and your porous beans might pick up undesirable freezer flavors.

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One sip is all you need to know this Single-Origin Brazilian blend from Coffea Farms is something truly special. Flavor notes of toffee and dark caramel mix with milk chocolate on your tongue. But once you experience the velvety body, you’ll be going back to savor many more sips!

Coffea Farms cares about coffee. They source their top-quality Arabica beans from trusted farmers all over the globe. These particular beans, as they’re single-origin, come from the Mogiana region of Brazil. They are non-GMO with zero artificial flavors and no preservatives or additives.

But Coffea Farms also cares about people. That’s why they practice responsibility when sourcing their beans. And why they take their time to do small-batch roasting in their Southern California facilities.

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Fun Fact: Dark roasts are lower in caffeine content than light roasts.  

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Camano Island Brazilian is so sure you’ll fall in love with their organic beans that they offer a 30-day money back guarantee if you don’t! 

The price tag on this coffee might be a bit higher than you’re accustomed to seeing. That’s because this coffee is as ethical as can be. Fair trade and USDA certified. Shade-grown prevents soil erosion and provides natural bird habitats. 

Camano cares about you, the consumer, and the farmers who work to grow the coffee beans. They give a small amount per every coffee shipment to Agros International. In turn, Agros International works to help families in Central America break out of the cycle of rural poverty. 

So when you grind up and serve a fresh pot of this medium roast, you can feel good about it in every way. Sip the nutty brew and smile when the caramel undertones and a hint of spice roll over your tastebuds.

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Note: Camano strives to get you the freshest possible coffee. All orders are bagged and shipped within 48 hours of roasting.

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Much like the Pilao Coffee Tradicional, drinking Santa Clara Classico will be closer to drinking an actual coffee in Brazil. And who doesn’t want that experience?

The Santa Clara brand has a rich history, when first started they sold raw coffee beans door to door. Now they’re the leading coffee brand in the North and Northeast regions of Brazil. Quite the accomplishment!

So order some and experience this remarkable sensorial ride for yourself. The coffee is already ground, ready to be prepared by whichever filtering method you prefer. It has a balanced body, acidity, and sweetness that can’t be beat.

And if you totally swoon and fall in love with it (which — you will), it’s available for purchase in bulk. Now if only you could get your hands on some brigadeiro (Brazilian chocolate truffles) to go with your mug of traditional Brazilian brew!

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Tip: Use 3 to 5 spoonfuls of this coffee per 1 liter of water and store in a cool, dry place (i.e. not your freezer!).

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Ready for another great choice of tradicional Brazilian java? Then you’re in luck! Cause it’s time to introduce you to Melitta Traditional Coffee. Sweet Melitta. With a name like that, is it any surprise this is a very finely ground coffee?

The very fine grind works with most paper filter coffee makers and produces strong, bold-flavored go-juice — minus the bitterness and acidity!

Enjoy authentic Brazilian flavor without leaving home (though visiting Brazil for a cup of this coffee would also be a fine time!). The aroma and flavor are unmatched. 

Not that you need any more convincing, but — the price isn’t bad either.

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Tip: It may be confusing to see 500 grams as the measurement on the packaging, but this number translates to just over a pound of coffee!

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Before you say, “Oh, no way! I don’t do instant coffee!” hear us out.

First, Iguaca Instant Brazilian coffee is delicious.

Second, instant coffee is a staple. We always keep a canister in our pantry. Sometimes an automatic coffee maker breaks down. Sometimes (I mean very rarely, but still) you might run straight out of filters. Sometimes the stove may act up. 

Always. Be. Prepared. 

This instant coffee can mix in hot, cold, or iced water. You have water — boom — you have coffee! The convenience can’t be beat!

Now, let’s circle back to talk about the flavor. Just two ounces of this coffee powder combined with six ounces of hot water yields you one beautiful Brazilian Americano (plus cremoso!). Expect smooth with a light taste.

Want to get fancy with it? 

Add 1.5 Tablespoons sugar (or preferred sweetener) and 2 Tablespoons non-dairy (or other) creamer of your choice. Sip on that mug of extra creamy Brazilian brew and feel your negative thoughts on instant coffee sail right over the horizon.

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Tip: You don’t only have to drink instant coffee. You can put it in so many recipes.

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From the Santana Estate, Volcanica offers you this Brazil Peaberry coffee.

Is it just us or does peaberry sound so magical?

These peaberries join forces to produce a coffee that boasts a rich body, complex intense aromas, and smooth nutty flavors.  

So what is a peaberry? (Don’t worry, we had to ask too.)

Peaberry coffee comes from coffee cherries that only produce one fruit as opposed to the normal two seed “beans.” Peaberries make up only 5% of a standard coffee crop. Because they are alone in their pods, they don’t get the pressure of the other seed against them. This results in round, instead of flattened, coffee beans with greater intensity of flavor. 

Also, check this out — grown in mineral-rich volcanic earth. Yeah, who doesn’t want to start their day with a cup of that?! Might as well start telling people you only drink coffee born from volcanoes. 

If you do end up falling for the peaberry, Volcanica offers this exotic gift box. Four 16-ounce bags of whole bean coffee. Tanzania, Guatemala, Malawi, and El Salvador peaberries.

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Tip: Invest in a burr grinder to enjoy a more consistent grind on your whole bean coffee.

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Another amazing single-origin selection, Agua Santa coffee grows in the Alta Mogiana region of Brazil. With an altitude of 900-1200 meters — they’re a big area for specialty coffee production!

Like many other single-origin offerings, Agua Santa is ethically and sustainably produced. Ensuring you get that coveted farm-to-cup experience. It is both roasted and packaged in Brazil. 

They’re actually a family-owned business as well. Devoted to supplying markets with the finest quality coffee, you can taste the passion in every smooth, low acidity sip.

Freshly grind your beans and brew up a pot of this nutty medium roast to see what we mean. 

The complex flavors and aromas will knock your socks right off. Prepare to be transported (via your tastebuds) to a Brazilian coffee farm. Close your eyes and you’ll almost feel the tropical breeze rolling freshly over your skin as you drink. 

This coffee is what one might refer to as a game-changer.

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Tip: Coffee (taken black) is often recommended for those on weight loss journeys. Get your caffeine fix without sacrificing your fitness? Yes, please!

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Here’s a great choice from a brand you’re likely already familiar with. Eight O’Clock Coffee has been around the USA for well over a century (closer to two!). Indulge your senses without breaking the bank with their Brazilian Breakfast blend.

If you’re a multiple cups of coffee per day person (first off, you’re our kind of person!), you know the importance of rationing and budgeting. You can’t be sipping on the pricier single-origin coffee beans and running your burr grinder all day long. 

But you still deserve good coffee, even if you’re on your 3rd or 4th cup! Buy a couple affordable bags of pre-ground 100% Brazilian breakfast and keep that caffeine train chugging smoothly along all day. 

With mild acidity, and a smooth, soft body, this medium roast will help you power through your to-do lists like nobody’s business. Not too heavy or bitter, a real mellow roast to fill your favorite mug and put that pep in your step.

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Tip: Did you know Eight O’Clock Coffee has jumped onto the single-serving scene? Stock up on K-Cups here.

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Olde Brooklyn Coffee handpicks their coffee varieties. Striving to bring you unique taste profiles, like their Brazilian Santos.

After sourcing the best blends available, Olde Brooklyn roasts the coffee in small batches in their New York location. They sell it as whole bean and ship in airtight, sealed, and valved bags. Ensuring your coffee order stays as fresh and aromatic as possible. 

How should you brew up your Brazilian Santos? 

Excellent question. After grinding, the choice is yours! Traditional drip brew, cold brew, French press, or even as a nice espresso — these beans can do it all.

Great prices without sacrificing quality, that’s what Olde Brooklyn aims for.

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Tip: This Brazilian coffee runs a little on the darker side for medium roasts.

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Empowering women of coffee. That’s the kind of girl power message City Girl Coffee is all about. By choosing to enjoy their Blondie Brazil, you’re supporting women-owned and women-managed farms! 

City Girl Coffee cares about giving back. They are fair trade and support comprehensive sustainable agricultural practices. Protecting the environment and future generations of coffee growers is their passion! 

A portion of every sale of City Girl coffee is sent back to organizations that support women in their country of origin. How awesome is that?!

To add to all that goodness, they also small-batch roast the ethical beans on a 60-kilo Samiac drum roaster. They’ve been roasting their own beans in Minnesota since 1990.

This light roast is a playful delight for your mouth. Delicate, sweet, and floral with notes of honeysuckle and hibiscus.

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Tip: Coffee is best consumed as soon as possible after brewing. People have very strong opinions on reheated coffee. If you’ve ever used a microwave on a cold cup, you’ve likely noticed it messes with the flavor and can even turn bitter on you!

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Life is short, or so they say, and Kaffeine Koffee doesn’t want you to spend it drinking sub-par jitter juice. That’s why they’re dedicated to curating gourmet specialty coffees — like this Organic Brazilian Dark Roast. 

Their bag says “A good cup of coffee is the foundation to every great day.” And, yeah! We couldn’t agree with them more. Start your day right with a cup of their organic Brazilian blend. Every coffee bean is picked with flavor and taste in mind, and it shows in the flavor profile.

They roast their beans evenly using hot air. Bye-bye unevenly-roasted beans and hello state-of-the-art technology that strips away 80% of the coffee’s natural acidity. Leaving you with a robust yet smooth drinking experience.

Works for all traditional hot coffee brewing methods, but also performs well as a cold brew! Drink it iced in the summer, it pairs well with making memories!

It’s also a decent price for a whole pound of gourmet coffee. So why not pick up a few extra bags to give out as gifts?

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Tip: Water makes up 99% of a cup of coffee. Try to use quality filtered water as this will vastly improve your coffee experience.

Buying Guide & FAQ

Perhaps none of those 16 reviews caught your attention. Or maybe you simply prefer to explore the world of Brazilian coffees on your own. Either way — check out these frequently asked questions before you get started buying!

Brazilian Coffee 101

Brazil is both one of the main producers of coffee in the world and one of the top consumers of it. If you’ve tasted Brazilian coffee you can see why they love it so much. 

Coffee first made its way to Brazil in the year 1727. It rapidly developed into their most successful export. Now it only makes up ~10% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Brazil’s rich and varied climate is favorable for the growth of both Arabica and Robusta beans. The robustas can be grown at lower altitudes and are more tolerant of warmer conditions. The arabicas like high altitudes and thrive in subtropical regions.

What makes Brazilian coffee so special?

The coffee-growing region of Brazil runs along the Atlantic coast i.e. the southeast part of the country. With moderate sunlight, rain, and steady temperatures year-round, coffee beans thrive here. 

Brazilian coffee is delightfully low in acidity. It’s smooth-bodied and has natural sweet flavors. Good Brazilian coffee is always a bit nutty and often boasts bittersweet chocolate notes. Though, beans grown at higher elevations sometimes take on a more subtle citrus or fruity taste.

Brazil is often where companies choose to source their espresso blends from. The clean body, slightly creamy body of the beans mixed with their rich chocolatey flavor makes for a world-class espresso.

How do you make the best Brazilian coffee at home?

Want to make your Brazilian coffee the traditional way? 

Of course, you do! But, be warned, this method is strong and may be a higher caffeine concentration than you’re accustomed to.

Add some sugar (to taste) to a small saucepan of cold water. Stir to dissolve. Use medium heat on your stovetop to bring the water and sugar to a boil. Once boiling, add your finely ground Brazilian coffee powder. Stir and turn off the burner. You’ll need to next pour the mixture through a strainer or filter paper. Serve in small cups, adding a dash of milk or cream if desired. 

Drink while hot and add more sugar if you like!

About the Brazilian coffee region

There are fourteen major coffee-growing regions, spanning seven states in Brazil! You might recognize a few of these main regions from the reviews above: Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo, Bahia, and Espirito Santo. 

The coffee farms range from small family plantations to huge, rolling estates. This leads to their coffee bean selections being quite varied! 

Brazil has worked hard to become such a huge producer of the mighty coffee bean. But despite their awesome temperature and rainfall conditions, they actually are one of the flatter, lower elevation regions for coffee growth. Interestingly, even their highest altitudes are lower than those of Sumatra, Ethiopia, or Kenya.

Coffee Roasts from Light to Dark

Did you know that before roasting green coffee beans have little to no taste? 

Madness! Thank goodness for the roasting process turning those little berries from raw blahs to toasty crunchy beans.

Light roasts are (surprise) light brown in color. They have a light body and no oil on their surfaces. 

They are roasted until “first crack” which typically happens between 356 and 401 degrees Fahrenheit. Because they aren’t roasted as long, they retain origin flavors better — not to mention caffeine content!

Medium roasts are more medium brown in color, with no oil, but they have more body than a light roast. They are roasted from the first crack until just before the second crack (between 410 and 428 degrees Fahrenheit). 

Then we have medium-dark roasts. Richer, darker color than medium and a bit of oil starting to show. They’re heavier bodied and are roasted from the beginning to the middle of the second crack. This happens between 437 and 446 degrees Fahrenheit. This is when a coffee tends to get a little “spicy.” Mmm. 

Dark roasts, you guessed it. Quite dark brown in color, almost black like rich dark chocolate. They have a sheen of oil on their surfaces. Bitter, smoky, possibly even burnt flavors mask the origin flavors. And the amount of caffeine? Decreased. They’re roasted to the end of the second crack — and sometimes beyond! They usually reach an internal temperature of 464 and don’t exceed 482. Otherwise, the bean would be basically charcoal.

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