Photo d'une peinture représentant une ferme ancienne au Brésil

Born in Brazil

Cachaça was born in Brazil in the 16th century from the hands of slaves who only had the freedom to drink to forget their condition.

Photo d'une peinture représentant des esclaves au Brésil

From the hands of slaves

In its primitive version, the cachaça owes its existence to the slaves of the plantations who pressed the sugar cane to collect the juice. They then boiled the latter to prevent the proliferation of bacteria present in the sugar cane.

Later, the Portuguese colonizers were inspired by this principle to achieve cachaça. At first, they contented themselves with fermenting fresh sugar cane juice, then they had the idea of distilling it, thus obtaining a stronger alcohol, grading 40%.

Although there is no precise trace of the exact location of the first distillation of cachaça, it can however be located on the easternmost Brazilian coast, between 1516 and 1532.

Over time

This long history makes cachaça the first alcohol in Latin America, even before the appearance of Peruvian pisco, Mexican tequila or Caribbean rum.

In the early days, cachaça was considered a low-end alcohol, a popular rum reserved for the middle and poor classes of society.

In recent years, it has become a very respectable drink, thanks to the efforts of many producers to improve its quality.

At TIJUCA we are proud to perpetuate this heritage and participate in the revival of cachaça.