Brazil is the largest coffee producing country and accounts for between 35 and 38 percent of total world output in any given crop cycle. Brazil is also the world’s largest coffee exporting nation and is projected to take over the U.S. as the world’s biggest coffee consuming country in the next few years.
But few coffee lovers know that Brazil is ALSO the world’s biggest producer of specialty coffee, supplying the world market with volumes of top-quality beans unmatched by any other coffee nation. In the last 2012-13 harvest Brazil produced an estimate volume between 5.7 million and 7.6 million 60-kilogram bags of coffee that qualified for specialty or gourmet coffees, according to data by the Specialty Coffee Association of Brazil.
And if using the 100-point evaluation scale developed for cupping standards by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), based on which specialty coffee is defined as any coffee scoring at least 80 points, the volume of specialty coffee from Brazil may be as high as 9 million bags.
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