Where Is All The Coffee Coming From?

Coffee beans come from 2 coffee plants called Arabica and Robusta. These plants grow best in an area know as the Bean Belt - the band around the earth in between the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer.

The top ten coffee producing countries are (1997/1998 according to the National Coffee Association of the United States): Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mexico, Ethiopia, India, Guatemala, Cote d'Ivore and Uganda.

Coffee Belt

Coffee beans are usually mixed together to create a coffee blend. Different flavours are blended together to create one good mixture of coffee beans from different origins. Flavours of coffee beans are very complex and conditions like region, country, altitudes, amount of rain and sunshine, and processing of the coffee beans all affect the flavour of the beans.

Most of the coffee beans in a blend come from countries like Brazil, Mexico, Peru or any other origin that has a non-overbearing flavour. These beans are somewhat neutral but still contribute to the body and sweetness of the coffee.

To add body, acidity and flavour to a blend, smaller amounts from Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Venezuela are often used.

Coffee beans from Ethiopian Harrar, Kenyan, Yemen Mocha, Zimbabwe, and Zambian add complexity and brightness to the blend.

Coffees from the Asian Pacific are often used to add more richness and body to the blend.

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About The Author, Youri Vlag
Article written by Youri Vlag, a professional barista trainer, team member of Coffee Info