Official Coffee Quality


Caliper, Grain size and number of defects

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Official Coffee Quality in Brazil

Coffee in Brazil is officially graded by: Size, bean size and number of defects.

The following are their scales and the names they are given


premium green coffee bean

Large Flat

Caliber 17 a 19
green coffee bean caracolillo

Small Mocha

-Only for arabicas


9 and below

supreme green coffee bean

Medium Flat

Caliber 15 a 16
green coffee bean extra

Small Flat

    • 14 Arabica
    • 14 and below for robust
excelso green coffee bean

Large Mocha

-Only for arabicas Caliber 11 a 13
green coffee bean caracolillo

Medium Mocha

-Only for arabicas


9 and below

Tolerance Percentage

5% lower than the indicated sieve, for sieve 10 and lower 15%.

To be taken into account

Brazil usually uses even-numbered sieves for robustas/conilon and odd-numbered sieves for arabicas.

For Defects

Defects in Brazil are counted by the following two equivalence tables and the result is summed by
both to count the number of defects, the sample to be taken for the measurements is: 300 gr.

Huemdad green coffee


Moisture content must be less than 12% on the ISO 6673 scale.

Green brown color


It is graded with the following designations: Blue-green and cane green, Green, Yellowish, Yellow, Brown, Gray, Off-white or Discrepant. The color of coffee is considered key to identify its age and the conditions in which it has been stored.
Green coffee aroma


The aroma in Brazil is qualified by two protocols: The COB Classifcação Oficial Brasileira and the PQC Programa de Qualidade do cafe


Do not confuse

In Brazil, Robusta coffees are called and known as Conilon.

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