If Brazilians already loved their cafezinho, a small cup of black coffee, this passion has grown even more with the wider range of blends now available on the domestic market. The famous espresso coffee machines, ready to cater to those in a hurry or to those interested in trying out new scents and aromas, have also become more accessible in terms of price and more common in Brazilian homes.
Brazil is currently the second largest coffee consumer in the world, with an average per caput consumption of 4.8 kilos of coffee per year – if you think this is not much, remember just how many people do not drink coffee through lack of custom or for health reasons, and that one kilo of coffee typically makes 10 litres of the drink.
However, what is unusual about the way in which Brazilians drink coffee? Here you shall see some curious facts about this issue:
Coffee, coffee (and no tea)
Different from what happens in many European countries and also in other parts of the world, Brazilians drink coffee all the time, as part of their daily routine. British-type black tea, very much appreciated in the parts of the world mentioned above, is more accepted as a medicinal drink, or reserved for special occasions.
Coffee with milk (with a lot of milk)
In Brazil, the famous coffee with milk is made by many in a way that is less proportional than the traditional way. The quantity of milk that is used over here is much more than that used in the preparation of what is known as café latte – which often causes confusion among Brazilians when they travel abroad and get their coffee almost black.
Strained coffee is king
Often considered a more sophisticated way of preparing coffee elsewhere in the world, strained coffee is king in Brazil. Even though espresso machines are gaining space within national territory, the old machines that only strain the coffee are still the most common in Brazilian homes – and there is still space for the good old coffee strainer with paper filter, used to make coffee manually using hot water from the kettle.
Children also drink coffee
Something unthinkable in many parts of the world, especially in Europe, is offering coffee to children, due to fear that the caffeine could make them excessively boisterous – this habit is also not considered very healthy. In Brazil, this is still common practice, something that starts as soon as they are able to hold the cup, albeit with both hands, in most Brazilian homes.
Gourmet coffee (cold!) outside the home
As coffee from the most common coffee blends, Robusta and Arabica, for example, are always available at home to Brazilians, when they decide to have a coffee with their friends they want to try something new. For this reason, Brazilian coffee houses normally have several options of gourmet coffee, and also a variety of iced drinks as a way of countering the baking heat in much of Brazil.