Brazil (O cafe forte do Brasil)
|Sao Paulo, Brazil
|Sul de Minas growing region, southern Minas Gerais State, Brazil
In the aroma rich and simple, with musty/medicinal notes that aspire to chocolate but don't quite get there. In the cup full-bodied but gritty in mouthfeel, with dominating fermented fruit notes that can read as raisin or dried apricot and semi-sweet chocolate. Sweet in the short finish, astringent in the long.
Cafe Pilao is a traditional Brazilian-style coffee, grown, roasted, ground (very finely) and packaged in Brazil, and distributed in the United States by Cafe Pilao Coffee Importers, Canby Oregon. Higher quality specialty coffees are also available in many Brazilian stores and restaurants; Cafe Pilao represents the down-home style of Brazilian coffee. Most North American coffee drinkers will be put off by its almost composty fermented fruit notes, but others may enjoy this ambiguous flavor character: A reader wrote to me from Hawaii that she first tasted Cafe Pilao in Brazil and that it has become her family's favorite coffee. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Lovers of the slow-roasted, fruity-fermented coffees ordinary folk all over Latin America drink (or used to drink).
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This review originally appeared in the April, 2005 tasting report: Soft and Sweet: Brazil Specialty Coffees