In the 1920’s, the couple Oswald de Andrade, writer, and Tarsíla do Amaral, painter, lived in Paris. Among their highly intellectual group of friends, one of the most common figures in their home was of the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, who because of the Brazilian influence, became an admirer of cachaça. Oswald de Andrade was a great promoter of our national products.
The former president of Brazil, Mr. Itamar Franco, during his mandate as governor of the state of Minas Gerais, passed a law making May 21st the official day of cachaça in the state. The state also incentived serving cachaça and cheese bread in all official state cerimonies.
There are three basic types of cachaça to be considered:
1. Cachaça produced by large companies, wich harvest the cane with large machines and equipments and produce cachaça through an industrial process of fermentation and distillation.
2. Cachaça from copper stills, with manual harvest and natural fermentation.
3. Premium cachaça, has a production process similar to wine, with limited production and rigorous quality control.
A private collector of cachaça joined the Guiness Book of records. Mr. José Moisés de Moura has a “museum” in the city of Lagoa do Carro, in the state of Pernambuco. He hás the largest collection of cachaças of different types of cachaças from around the world. He is recognized as having 3992 different bottles.
According to ABRABE, the Brazilian Beverage Association, each person consumes 7,5 liters of cachaça per year and 618 shots of cachaça are consumed each second in Brazil.