Colombian coffees are most often what folks think of with South America, and rightfully so: The country is routinely listed among the top three coffee-producing countries in the world. The classic Colombian profile—as with other better-quality coffees from Peru, etc—brings together a mellow acidity and a strong caramel sweetness, perhaps with a nutty undertone. Sweet and medium-bodied, they have the most recognizable coffee flavor to most North Americans.
Why should Brazil stand alone when the rest of the Americas get lumped together in bigger groups? For one thing, the country is a huge producer, and its output varies widely. Some Brazilian beans—especially those that are pulped natural or “Brazil natural”—have a pronounced peanutty quality and heavy body that makes them common components in espresso blends. Chocolate and some spice is typical, and the coffees tend to linger a bit in the mouth, with a less clean aftertaste than other South American regions’ stuff.
Browse Our South American Beans
Brazil Canaan Estate, 12oz. Whole Bean
from: Middle Fork Roasters
Single origin. We nicknamed this one the “cookie dough coffee” because of its distinct sweet cookie flavor. Perfectly roasted for a comforting toastiness, just shy of tasting dark: a smooth, medium roast with appealing balance.
Colombian El Cachimbo, 12oz. Whole Bean
from: True North Coffee Roasters
Single origin. This micro lot features sweet cocoa and caramel flavors, medium body and a touch of tangy orange in its acidity.
Brazil Carmo De Minas, 12oz. Whole Bean
from: Seven Coffee Roasters
Single origin. Direct trade. This smooth roast carries that characteristic deep, nutty spice with just a hint of lemon on the far end. Darker, toastier flavors than the typical medium roast. Delicious in its simplicity.
Colombia Buena Vista, 12oz. Whole Bean
from: Zoka Coffee
This wonderful coffee dances from start to finish. With sweet flavors of peaches and cream and lemon zest tea, you are greeted with a sweet coffee with a round body that gets better as it cools.
Peru La Convención, 12oz. Whole Bean
from: Caffe Vita
Every sip of this coffee bursts with notes of almond and chocolate. The flavor and complexity in this roast proudly represents Peru, the aptly- named “land of abundance”.
Tiny Footprint Organic Peru APU Medium Roast Coffee, Ground, 1 Pound
from: Tiny Footprint Coffee
Tiny Footprint was founded in 2010 by a team of specialty coffee artisans as the world’s first carbon negative coffee company. All of our coffees come from select high-altitude Fair Trade cooperatives and farms, third-party certified organic by Onecert.