Coffee was introduced in Brazil by Francisco de Mello Palheta in 1727 from Cayenne, French Guiana. Today, Brazil is the world’s largest coffee producer and is becoming a significant player in the specialty coffee industry. Bourbon, Typica, Caturra, and Mundo Novo coffee varietals are grown in the states of Paraná, Espirito Santos, São Paulo, Minas Gerais, and Bahia. Bourbon and Typica are the two most popular Arabica coffees grown worldwide, Typica being the base plant of many coffee varietals. The highest grade of well-known Brazilian beans, Bourbon Santos is a coffee to savor at any time of day. It is smooth and pleasant with fruity notes, medium body and mild flavor. Next time you buy coffee, check the origin of the beans. It’s quite possible they will be Brazilian.
At Mainstreet Restaurant, we love bringing a little Brazilian flair to the table. One of our favorite dishes to serve is Brazil’s national dish, Feijoada. Feijoada is a black bean, sausage, and pork stew served on jasmine rice with traditional accompaniments of farofa (toasted manioc flour), vinaigrette, orange slices, and sauteed kale. We smoke our meats in house, which ensures superior flavor. Come in for a little taste of Brazil and some hometown atmosphere. We’re betting that once you’ve tasted our Feijoada, you’ll be back for more.
Thanksgiving is this week and Christmas is just around the corner! Are you already in the holiday spirit, or do you need some help getting there? Don’t miss the fun of the Idaho Springs annual Christmas Decorating Contest. It’s a little friendly competition that’s sure to get you in the holiday mood and cash prizes will be awarded to those with the best display. Check out the link for more information on how to be a part of some small town Christmas cheer!