This year at NBC we have Brazil as the focus country. We are excited to present coffees, culture and speakers from Brazil.

Brazil produces 25 million bags of coffee every year. The average productivity is 10,12 bags pr acre. Here is an outline of the Brazilian coffee producing regions:

Minas Gerais state data:
2.487.640,47 acres is coffee growing area
99% arabica, 1% robusta
25 million bags (2010)
10,12 bags / acre
21 ˚Celcius average annual temperature

The largest coffee-growing state in Brazil is Minas Gerais, which accounts for almost 50% of the national production. The production takes place mainly in 4 producing regions: Sul de Minas, Cerrado de Minas, Chapada de Minas and Matas de Minas.

Espírito Santo state data:
1.137.157,8 acres is coffee growing area
28% arabica, 72% robusta
10 million bags (2010)
8,90 bags / acre
23 ˚Celcius average annual temperature

The state of Espírito Santo is ranked second in coffee production in Brazil, and first as Conilon (robusta) grower. From 1971 the production of Robusta grew from 100.000 bags (1971) to 10 million bags in 2011.

São Paulo state data:
413.027,84 acres is coffee growing area
100% arabica
4,6 million bags (2010)
11,33 bags / acre
20-22 ˚Celcius average annual temperature

São Paulo state is home to the port of Santos, which is the outlet for 2/3 of the Brazilian coffee exports. It was back in 1787 that coffee was first exported from São Paulo. The average productivity rate is to be found in São Paulo, where 11,3 bags are produced pr. acre.

Bahia state data:
344.834,4 acres is coffee growing area
75% arabica, 25% robusta crop
2,3 million bags (2010)
6,68 bags / acre
31 ˚Celcius average annual temperature

Bahia state is in the Northeast region of Brazil and has a warmer climate and higher temperatures. Bahia is the largest producer of washed coffees in Brazil. The western part of Bahia is characterized by large plantations which are totally irrigated and mechanized.

Paraná state data:
202.247,6 acres is coffee growing area
100% robusta crop
2,2 million bags (2010)
11,33  bags / acre
19-21 ˚Celcius average annual temperature

The state of Paraná in the South has a colder climate and used to be the largest coffee-producing state in Brazil. Today the total production of coffee is 2,2 million bags (2010). Paraná currently produces 40% og Brazilian instant coffee.

Rondônia state data:
382.713,05 acres is coffee growing area
100% robusta crop
2,3 million bags (2010)
6,07  bags / acre
24-26 ˚Celcius average annual temperature

Rondônia state is in the North of Brazil and is the second largest producer of Robusta in Brazil. Coffee began to be cultivated in Rondônia in the 70s and is the state’s most impoirtant year-round harvest today.

September 7th is the national day of Brazil, that is the Saturday while Nordic Barista Cup is happening. So we will be celebrating the independence of Brazil with capoeira and good Brazilian coffees.