Brazil’s first coffee seedlings were brought from French Guiana to northern Brazil in 1727. Farmers sought areas better suited for coffee cultivation and, thus, began to migrate south through the states of Maranhão, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Paraná.
Responsible for around 40 percent of the world’s production, coffee is an essential product for Brazil’s national economy. They are the world’s largest producer, responsible for about 40 percent of production. Arabica makes up about 80 percent of the country’s coffee, with conillon - a type of robusta that has become a valuable commodity in domestic and foreign markets for its use in instant coffee - making up the remainder.
Brazil is home to the delicious coffee that Westrock sources and uses in a variety of blends. When market prices are low, we focus on purchasing large quantities of Fair Trade coffee to sustain farming efforts in these regions.