Authentic Brazilian Coffee Recipe – A Taste of South America

Ladies and gentlemen, coffee lovers of all kinds, have I got a recipe for you. It comes all the way from Brazil, a place known for its vibrant culture, beautiful beaches, and delicious food. We’re talking about Brazilian coffee – a rich and creamy coffee drink that is sure to become your new favorite indulgence.

But what makes Brazilian coffee different from any other coffee drink out there? Well, it’s all about the flavor profile. Brazilian coffee is low in acidity, which means it has a smoother taste than other types of coffee. This makes it perfect for those who like their coffee creamy and rich without the bitterness.

What Brazilian coffee also brings is its unique combination of flavors. When you take one sip of this paradise in a cup, you’ll notice hints of caramel and chocolate that are not too overpowering but just enough to make it one unforgettable experience.

Now, some may think that making a delicious Brazilian coffee requires a lot of effort or expensive ingredients. But let me assure you, that’s not the case! This recipe is easy and inexpensive to make with just a handful of accessible ingredients such as strong brewed coffee, sweetened condensed milk and unsweetened cocoa powder.

So whether you’re looking to enjoy it on your own or make it to share with friends and family, this Brazilian coffee recipe will impress even the most experienced barista out there. So get ready to indulge yourself in this tropical paradise in a cup and join me in making this magnificent concoction. Let’s bring Brazil into our kitchens!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Brazilian Coffee
Brazilian Coffee

Greetings, dear reader! If you’re a coffee lover like me, you’ll definitely fall in love with this Brazilian Coffee recipe in no time. Not only is it easy and inexpensive to make, but it will also transport your taste buds to the tropical beaches of Brazil. What makes this coffee different from any other coffee drink is its unique flavor profile, which combines the creamy richness of sweetened condensed milk with hints of caramel and chocolate.

But wait, there’s more! This recipe can be used as a coffee cocktail as well. Just add some rum or brandy to elevate the flavors even further. You can also whip up a batch for your next gathering or party and impress your guests with this exotic and refreshing drink.

What’s more, the low acidity of this coffee means that it won’t leave a sour taste and can still provide the caffeine kick you need to start your day. Plus, it’s perfect for all seasons – enjoy it hot during the winter months or chill it to create iced coffee cocktails during summer gatherings.

Overall, this Brazilian Coffee recipe is an excellent choice for any occasion. It’s versatile, easy to make, and satisfies both your sweet tooth and caffeine craving. So go ahead, make yourself a cup (or two) and indulge in the flavors of Brazil. I guarantee that you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 A steaming cup of Brazilian coffee with a slice of fresh coconut cake makes for a perfect pick-me-up.
A steaming cup of Brazilian coffee with a slice of fresh coconut cake makes for a perfect pick-me-up.

Here are the ingredients needed to make Brazilian Coffee:

For the Sweetened Condensed Milk:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered milk

For the Brazilian Coffee:

  • 4 cups of hot water boiling
  • 1 1/2 cups of strong ground coffee
  • 1 cup of brandy
  • 2 cups of heavy cream whipped with 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 30 milliliters (or 1 ounce) of coffee liqueur (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder or ground cinnamon (optional)

For the Cafezinho Traditional Coffee:

  • 4 cups of water boiling
  • 1/3 cup of sugar (rapadura)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

The Recipe How-To

 A sip of this aromatic coffee transports me to the bustling streets of São Paulo.
A sip of this aromatic coffee transports me to the bustling streets of São Paulo.

Now, it’s time to learn how to make your own Brazilian Coffee! Get ready to enjoy a creamy, rich, and tropical-flavored coffee in the comfort of your home. Follow these easy steps:

1. Brew the coffee

Start by brewing 4 cups of strong coffee using 1 1/2 to 2 cups of ground coffee and hot water. You can use a French press, a drip coffee maker, or any other brewing method you prefer.

2. Add the spirits

In a separate container, mix 1 cup of brandy and 1 ounce (30 milliliters) of rum. Pour this mixture into the hot coffee.

3. Combine with condensed milk

Then, add 1 can (14 ounces) of sweetened condensed milk into the hot coffee mixture. Stir well until it’s fully combined.

4. Add flavors

Add 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon into the coffee mixture. Stir again until everything is well mixed.

5. Serve and enjoy

Serve your Brazilian Coffee in mugs with whipped cream on top and a sprinkle of cocoa powder or ground cinnamon. You can also add ice cubes for an iced version or serve it as a warm cocktail on a chilly day.

Now that you know how to make this delicious coffee cocktail, be sure to share it with family and friends or impress them at your next party!

Substitutions and Variations

 No need for sugar, just a dollop of condensed milk is all you need to balance the strong coffee flavor.
No need for sugar, just a dollop of condensed milk is all you need to balance the strong coffee flavor.

Well, let me tell you folks, if you’re feeling daring and want a bit of a twist on this classic Brazilian coffee recipe, I have some exciting substitutions and variations to try out.

Let’s start with the liquor component. While rum and brandy are the traditional choices for this coffee cocktail, you could swap them out for other spirits like coffee liqueur or even amaretto. Try adding a shot of vodka to give it an extra kick!

If you want to make it a little less boozy, you can skip the alcohol altogether and replace it with either milk or cream. This will make for a creamy and rich Brazilian latte. Trust me, that flavor profile is hard to beat!

Now, let’s talk about sweetening things up. If you don’t have sweetened condensed milk on hand, but have unsweetened condensed milk instead, simply add sugar – about ⅓ cup should do – to get that desired level of sweetness. You could also try using brown sugar or rapadura as a substitute instead.

For an extra shot of flavor, add a teaspoon of cocoa powder or cinnamon to the recipe. That additional touch of spiciness is sure to make this already lovely coffee drink even more special.

Or if you’re feeling really adventurous, try making a tropical Brazilian iced coffee cocktail by blending brewed coffee with ice, milk, cocoa powder (1 tsp), salt (1/4 tsp), and your choice of liqueur (1 oz). The result – creamy, dreamy goodness!

There are just so many possibilities when it comes to this Brazilian coffee recipe – different liquors, spices or sweeteners; sophisticated cocktails or simple lattes – it’s really up to you! Let your imagination run wild and experiment with different variations until you find the perfect combination for your palate.

Serving and Pairing

 The contrasting colors of black coffee and white milk create a beautiful swirl inside the cup.
The contrasting colors of black coffee and white milk create a beautiful swirl inside the cup.

Welcome to the world of Brazilian coffee! This heavenly form of caffeine needs no accompaniment, but if you’re looking for a sweet pairing, try serving it with traditional Brazilian sweets such as Pao de Queijo (cheese bread) or Brigadeiro (chocolate truffle). For a meal pairing, Brazilian coffee goes amazingly well with roasted meat dishes, especially barbecue.

To serve this delicious beverage, add 1-2 ounces of rum, brandy or coffee liqueur to taste. Stir in some heavy cream and sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon or unsweetened cocoa powder on top for an extra layer of flavor. You can also try serving it as a cocktail by mixing Brazilian coffee with your favorite alcohol and garnishing it with whipped cream for that tropical Brazilian flavor.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try exploring some of Brazil’s other coffee-based drinks. The Caipirinha is an excellent option for those looking for a refreshing twist on the classic cocktail. This cocktail recipe combines fresh lime juice and sugar with Cachaça (Brazilian rum) and Brazilian coffee to make a deliciously tangy and sweet drink that will transport you straight to tropical paradise.

Whatever your preferences are, there’s no wrong way to enjoy Brazil’s rich and flavorful coffee cuisine. Don’t be afraid to experiment and make this beverage your own. And always remember, nothing beats enjoying a tall glass of creamy-rich Brazilian coffee while soaking up the sun and enjoying great company.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect pairing for rainy days: a warm blanket and a hot cup of Brazilian coffee in hand.
The perfect pairing for rainy days: a warm blanket and a hot cup of Brazilian coffee in hand.

When it comes to making Brazilian coffee, you have the option to make it ahead of time or store leftovers for future consumption. The sweet and creamy nature of this coffee drink makes it a delicious treat that can be enjoyed anytime throughout the day.

If you’re planning on serving this coffee drink at a party or gathering, you can easily prepare it ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to serve. Simply mix all of the ingredients together in a pitcher and let it chill until ready to serve. When guests arrive, fill tall glasses with ice and pour the chilled Brazilian coffee over the ice. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cocoa powder for an extra decadent touch.

When it comes to storing leftover Brazilian coffee, you can keep it in the refrigerator for up to three days. To reheat, simply warm the desired amount in a small saucepan over low heat. You can also reheat in the microwave, but be sure to stir occasionally to ensure even heating.

Another great way to enjoy leftover Brazilian coffee is by turning it into iced coffee cocktails. Add a splash of rum or coffee liqueur and serve over ice for a refreshing beverage on a hot summer day.

I recommend using unsweetened condensed milk when making this recipe, as it will prevent your coffee from becoming overly sweet if stored for too long. Overall, Brazilian coffee is an easy and inexpensive way to bring some tropical tastes into your home. So go ahead and make some today, enjoy now or later!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The irresistible aroma of freshly brewed coffee is hard to resist.
The irresistible aroma of freshly brewed coffee is hard to resist.

Now that you have the recipe for this delicious Brazilian Coffee, it’s important to make sure it turns out perfectly. Here are some tips to help you achieve a tasty and impressive result:

1. Use high-quality ingredients – The quality of the coffee beans you use will greatly impact the flavor of your Brazilian Coffee. Make sure to use fresh and high-quality beans. Also, opt for a good quality brandy, rum or coffee liqueur to enhance the flavor profile.

2. Measure accurately – To ensure the perfect balance of flavors, it is crucial to measure all ingredients accurately. A kitchen scale can be an incredibly handy tool when measuring ingredients by weight.

3. Don’t skimp on the whipped cream – A perfectly made whipped cream can add another layer of richness and taste to your coffee drink. Use high-fat content heavy cream and a little sugar or cinnamon to give it a boost in flavor.

4. Experiment with variations – This recipe is versatile enough to allow for many variations. Consider substituting different types of liqueurs or adding cocoa powder for a mocha twist.

5. Brew strong coffee – The base of any excellent Brazilian Coffee is undoubtedly strong coffee; this low acidity drink should be able to hold up even with the addition of sweetened condensed milk and other flavorful ingredients.

6. Add spice – Traditional Brazilian Coffee recipe calls for ground cinnamon or freshly grated nutmeg as an additional flavor booster. Don’t hesitate, as most bartenders say: “bitters are better,” consider adding bitters like Angostura, orange, or black Walnut.

7.Perfect temperature- allow brewed coffee too cool down before mixing it vigorously with sweetened condensed milk.

By following these tips, you can add an extra depth of flavor which will also contribute to earning plenty compliments and having a unique experience; after all, culinary experiences similar to traveling— broadening our horizons through different tastes and aromas.


As you make this delicious Brazilian coffee recipe, you might have some questions about the ingredients or the process. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that can help you achieve a perfect and flavorful result.

What is the Brazilian way of making coffee?

In Brazil, coffee is typically made by passing hot water through a filter with ground coffee using a cloth filter, referred to as a “sock”. This method of brewing is straightforward, as all one needs to do is pour hot (but not boiling) water through the filter full of coffee grounds.

What is a Brazilian coffee?

The coffee varieties coming from Brazil are distinguished by their premium quality and rich flavor. With a minimal amount of acidity and a distinct combination of caramel and chocolate notes, Brazilian coffee delivers a strong and satisfying taste that one can relish any time of the day.

What makes Brazil coffee different?

When it comes to coffee from Brazil, you’ll often notice distinct flavors of caramel and chocolate. This is due to the coffee’s robust body and low acidity. Though some may overlook the quality of Brazilian coffee due to its low acidity, a closer taste reveals its unique and surprisingly delightful taste profile.

What makes Brazilian coffee unique?

Coffee connoisseurs around the world differentiate Brazilian specialty coffee from others due to its distinct flavor profile. It is renowned for its floral notes and vibrant acidity imparting a refreshing, zesty taste.

Bottom Line

So there you have it, my delicious and easy-to-make Brazilian coffee recipe. This coffee drink is a perfect way to start your day or to indulge during your afternoon break while enjoying some sweet treats.

If you are someone who loves a creamy and rich Brazilian coffee with tropical flavors that just melt in your mouth, then this recipe is the perfect match for you. You can easily make at home without any special equipment or expensive ingredients.

Not only is this recipe inexpensive, but it can also be easily adapted to suit your tastes and preferences. As I have mentioned in the substitutions and variations section, you can alter the recipe to add your favorite liqueur or whipped cream flavor, change the amount of sugar or cinnamon, or even try to make a frozen version of it.

With this Brazilian coffee recipe, you don’t have to spend money on buying overpriced coffee drinks from your local cafe or wait in long lines. Instead, you can experiment with different ways of making it until you find the perfect blend that satisfies your caffeine cravings.

In conclusion, I hope that this article has given you everything you need to know about making Brazilian coffee at home. It’s easy, fun, and a lot cheaper than buying from a coffee shop. Try it out today and share the tropical taste of Brazil with your family and friends!

Brazilian Coffee

Brazilian Coffee Recipe

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Brazilian
Calories 420.3 kcal


  • 4 cups hot cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups strong coffee
  • 1 cup rum or 1 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream whipped with 1 teaspoon sugar
  • cinnamon (optional)


  • Heat the chocolate, coffee and brandy or rum together. Fold in sweetened whipped cream or place a spoonful on top of each serving. If desired, dust top with cinnamon.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 420gCalories: 420.3kcalCarbohydrates: 51.9gProtein: 8.9gFat: 5.9gSaturated Fat: 3.6gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 112.6mgFiber: 2.5gSugar: 49.1g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Brazilian, Brunch, Easy, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, South American
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.