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Bossa nova, Brazil Ipanema Coffee, Ipanema Beach, mellow, smooth - | Written by Janice Spencer

Smooth and Mellow, Brazil Ipanema Coffee

Brazil Ipanema Coffee bagBrazil Ipanema Coffee is a speciality single origin coffee made from exclusively prepared bourbon variety coffee beans. This most flavoursome, medium-bodied cup is slightly citric, with a noticeable acidity and evident floral overtones. It has a smooth, mellow taste and delightful, rich aroma. The aftertaste is long, pleasant and almondy. It gives you everything you would expect from a fabulous Brazilian coffee.

Coffee has been grown in Brazil for more than 150 years and the country is currently the largest coffee producer in the world. Its innovative methods of coffee cultivation ensure the end result is of the highest quality possible. Ipanema coffees have been in production since 1969. The beans used to produce Brazil Ipanema Coffee are grown in mineral-rich soil, in a mild, subtropical climate ideal for coffee cultivation. Eucalyptus trees are grown in the same area, and these provide a natural fuel to be used in the coffee drying process. The coffee plantations in Ipanema are renowned for maintaining rigorous standards in respect of working conditions and the social and environmental effects of coffee production.

Ipanema is a neighbourhood in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro, situated between Leblon and Arpoador. The iconic Ipanema Beach attracts people from all over the world, with its long strip of sun-drenched, white sand, and the majestic Morro Dois Irmãos mountains dominating the landscape. Alive with colour and character, it's a popular choice for sunbathers, surfers, and also the rich and famous. For many years the place has been the inspiration for artists and musicians, and is identifiable with the Bossa nova music genre that so effectively captures the spirit of Rio; most of us can recognise 'The Girl from Ipanema', the catchy tune written by Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes in the 1960s. Away from the beach are leafy streets lined with chic boutiques, trendy restaurants, theatres and bars. Within this vibrant buzz, people browse in bookshops and admire works of art in avant-garde galleries, or on Sundays may visit the Hippie Fair that has been going since the 1960's, selling handicrafts, food, leather goods and jewellery.

Our Brazil Ipanema is actually cultivated some 500km north of Ipanema, Rio, in a similarly named municipality. It's a versatile coffee; suitable for bean-to-cup, cafetière and filter machines, and works particularly well in espresso-based drinks, being sweet and balanced with a good crema. So take a sip, close your eyes, and imagine you're on Ipanema Beach, with the sun on your face and a gentle Bossa nova rhythm in your head, as you savour the smooth and mellow sweetness of Brazil Ipanema Coffee.

At, we roast over 100 wonderful coffees from around the world, including rare and exclusive varieties such as Kopi Luwak and Blue Mountain Jamaica, and deliver them directly to your door. We roast to order, so your coffee will always arrive in the freshest condition possible, and offer a range of grind options as well as whole beans.