Coffee Growing Countries Coffee originated in Africa but has since been spread all over the world. It grows commercially in over 21 countries. There are two commercial types: Arabica, which is grown where rain is plentiful and at higher altitudes. The higher the altitude generally the better the quality. Robusta, which by its name suggests that it is quite hardy and easy to grow. Lower grade of coffee grown at lower altitudes. Usually used in instant coffee, or blended in with Arabica coffee, much to the detriment of the better grade coffee.
Alphabetical listing of Coffee Growing Countries
Brazil: Produces 30% of the coffee grown worldwide. Lower grade coffee with Santos being the top grade.
Ecuador: Used mainly in blends in the past. This was because of the coffees thin body and sharp flavor. In the past most of the coffee was low grade arabica and robusta due to a lack of proper harvesting and processing practice. However, recently they have been improving in this area and now are producing higher grades of coffee.
El Salvador: All of El Salvador coffee is arabica. In the past it was usually lesser grade coffees used mainly for blending. The coffee had a slight flavor and mild body. However, more recently they have improved the coffee and it now has some excellent qualities such as great acidity, refinement and depth.
Jamaica: The Blue Mountain coffee is very scarce and therefore expensive. Many think it is the perfect coffee due to its smoothly balanced body, acidity, aroma and flavor. It is very popular in Japan. However, there are many who disagree and believe them to be bland when compared with Kenya AA or Guatemalan Antigua Coffees.
Sumatra & Java: The best known is the Mandheling which is a rich and smooth coffee. Most coffees produced are Arabicas, but they have started producing Robustas which are good, but not nearly in a class with the Arabica. Coffees are full bodied, sweet and mellow.
Yemen: Yemen produces Mocha coffees which gets its name from the city of Moka. Popular for blending with Turkish and mild coffees. Very full bodied, winey, and distinctive piquant flavor.
This is a listing of the most popular coffee growing countries. There are other coffee growing countries that grow smaller crops that are not listed here. But these are the countries that produce the most popular and or the greatest quantities of coffee beans for worldwide distribution. However, even some of the smaller producing coffee growing countries have been listed here as they have popular coffee beans that warrant having them listed.
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