If you’ve never tried Brazilian coffee style drinks before, perhaps 2019 is a good year to try some of these recipes. Whether or not you have tried or prefer Brazilian coffee, in the recipes it simply says coffee, so you may choose what level of roast you’d like (dark, medium, or decaf—we leave that entirely up to you).
Give each of these recipes a try with one of these types of coffees to give your drink an even more authentic flavor!
1. Easy Cafezinho (Brazilian Style Coffee)
- ¾ cup cold water (per cafezinho)
- 1 tsp sugar (per cafezinho)
- 1 heaping tbsp of your favorite espresso ground coffee
- 1 paper coffee filter and filter cone
- Your favorite coffee mug
For this recipe you can go with either an authentic cafezinho or use a paper coffee filter and filter cone.
A cafezinho is the name for a cloth flannel filter, made with a wooden handle with a metal ring that are sewn onto an undyed long flannel ‘sock’ of sorts. You can find a cafezinho at a Brazilian marketplace, but if there aren’t any nearby you can use a paper filter and cone instead.
The name cafezinho, or “little coffee”, is synonymous in Brazil with hospitality and is typically served in tiny espresso cups. It’s also an acquired taste; this is a great one if you prefer a strong cup of coffee!
Measure out ¾ cup water per each cafezinho into a saucepan. Add sugar to taste—again, per cafezinho. Heat water to just below boiling point and stir to dissolve the sugar. Do not let the water come to a full rolling boil—this will overcook the coffee and make it very bitter.
Add your espresso coffee grounds (the finer ground it is, the better) to the water. Remove from heat. Stir and mix the coffee grounds into the sugared water well.
Now hold the coffee filter over the cafezinho and slowly pour your coffee mixture through them. It’s a very slow process, but resist the temptation to force your coffee mix through the filter! Not only will you risk burning your skin, but also you’ll make the coffee bitter by forcing the water through the coffee grounds too fast.
Once it’s done, sip and enjoy. In Brazil, this coffee is usually served black, but you can add a little milk or cream if you prefer.
If you found a cafezinho of your very own, remember to rinse it well under cold water and hang it to dry to prevent mildew from building up. Never use soap to clean it. Replace the cafezinho every few months.
2. Frapê de Café (Coffee with Vanilla Ice Cream)
- 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream
- 2 table spoons of non-brewed coffee grounds
- 1 can of condensed milk
- Whipping cream on top
Blend everything for 45-60 seconds. Add whipping cream on top.
3. Brazilian Vanilla Latte
- 1 ¼ cups milk (your preferred type)
- 1 tbsp vanilla syrup
- 1 ½ cups brewed espresso
- 1 pinch cinnamon
- 1 pinch cloves
- Whipped cream (optional)
Heat milk in a saucepan until it’s just about to boil. Add the syrup to a large coffee mug, then add the brewed coffee. Pour steamed milk into the mug. Top with cinnamon and cloves.
If you decide to use whipped cream, add the spices after the whipped cream.
4. Brazilian Coffee with Orange Juice
- 150 ml of your favorite brewed coffee
- 50ml of (preferred fresh squeezed) orange juice
- 5 ice blocks
Blend everything in a blender for 30 seconds. The result: a creamy coffee with an orange juice touch! Feel free to garnish with an orange slice and a cinnamon stick, if you wish.
5. Brazilian Iced Mocha
- 1 ½ cups cold coffee
- ground cinnamon and cloves
- 2 cups milk
- ¼ cup chocolate syrup
- ¼ cup white sugar
Brew your coffee, add cinnamon and cloves. Cool and freeze in an ice cube tray. In a blender, combine coffee cubes, milk chocolate syrup and sugar. Blend until smooth, pour and serve.
We hope you have a wonderful 2019, and above all else, “Aproveite seu café!” (“Enjoy your coffee!”)
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