It is beyond time to discuss serious coffee requirements... Mrs jbc and I are coffee fanatics, a species that is rare in brazil, but rapidly growing. We have Jura machines (four of them!) that grind the coffee beans directly and search constantly for the best beans. Two of our family members grow coffee commercially, but are of the typical low quality brazilian beans. really serious coffee drinkers in Brazil often do not use sweeteners, but the ordinary coffee is usually loaded with lots os sugar or sweetener, even more so in major cane producing areas. The generic Brazilian supermarket coffee brands (e.g. Pilâo, Bom Dia, etc) are fairly low quality and roasted almost as espresso. Most of them have a mixture of arabica and robusta beans. Robusta beans are used worldwide mostly for instant coffee and coffee flavorings. Directly the stuff is unpleasant to drink. During the last few years there has been a steadily growing trend to producing higher quality and organic coffees in Brazil. There are still few growers that have enough capacity to sell in supermarkets, but the supply is rapidly increasing as new plantations in Rio de Janeiro (reestablished 17-18 century ones, mostly) and Minas Gerais are becoming mature. Three seriously good, world standard, Brazilian coffees are: Native Orgânico- this one is distributed nationally in both beans and ground versions and is also sold in some other countries. They also have several non-coffee products. The website is in English and Portuguese.http://www.nativealimentos.com.br/en/ Taeq Orgânico- this is produced for Pâo de Açúcar, a Rio de Janeiro based supermarket chain that is affiliated with Casino of France. Taeq is the Casino house brand and there are a wide variety of high-quality low-price organic products available there. http://www.taeq.com.br/data/Pages/LU...4941PTBRIE.htm Verdemar Orgânico Sul de Minas- Verdemar is a small supermarket chain in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. They buy green coffee, roast it in their stores and sell in both in bulk and in prepackaged versions. The Sul de Minas varietal is quite famous in France and italy and is widely available in those countries in high-end coffee sellers. We discovered it in France and it has been our favorite coffee for soem years. Recently Verdemar began selling it. http://www.pastadellamammaverdemar.com.br/ Beware, if you want excellent Brazilian coffee do not buy the generic supermarket brands that are widely sold. Those have the sole advantage of being cheap, but will disappoint any serious coffee aficionado. In most high-end Brazilian restaurants the coffee sold will be Nespresso or Illy and will use the worldwide ubiquitous coffee capsules that are very, very good, but imported to Brazil. Illy even has Brazilian coffee exported to Italy, repackaged and exported to Brazil.