Wondering where does coffee come from? Many consumers know about specific types of coffee; Kona, Columbian, etc. However, great coffee is produced in over 100 different countries. From Brazil to Indonesia, the origins of coffee are spread around the world. Coffee lovers know that the origin of coffee makes a huge difference in the taste and body of a simple cup. Pinning down the exact region to try next can be more of a hassle.
Learn about how each country makes its own exciting coffee and start your journey around the world today.
Where does coffee come from?
I know, you’re thinking, “That’s great but, I asked, where does coffee come from?” So in truth, despite popular opinion coffee has the capacity to grow in every country in the world. However, the highest quality of coffee beans grow around the equator at high-altitude. This is where we see large crops of coffee beans being grown and where we see the largest exports. This week we’re looking at the surprising regions of North America.
Where does coffee come from, Part 1: North America
The North American Continent produces quite a large amount of coffee with some of the highest quality coffee coming from Hawaii and Costa Rica. ( Yes, we’re aware Hawaii isn’t in North America we’re just throwing it in here for laughs.)
In total there are 11 regions which produce large exports of coffee. They are:
Costa Rica — Citrus flavor with a nut undertone.
Dominican Republic — Typical caramel flavor with a good body.
El Salvador — A festive taste with chocolate, hazelnut, and sweet flavor.
Guatemala– Delicate flavor with fruity taste. Some coffee is earthen with a chocolate flavor.
Hawaii — Sweet taste with brown sugar, floral, and vanilla flavor.
Honduras — Spicy flavor with a nutty, crisp body.
Jamaica — Mellow tobacco flavor with a sweet undertone.
Mexico — Light and fruity with a light chocolate taste.
Nicaragua– strong hazelnut with chocolate and fruit undertones.
Panama — Hints of lemon and zest with an herbal body.
Puerto Rico — A unique taste with hints of cream, and nuts with a very low acid content.
As you can see, North American coffee has far more to offer than Kona. There is also good coffee being produced in small farms in Northern countries, however, their production is small and usually sold locally.
If you’re interested in trying a few regions at once, we liked Central American Coffee Sampler – Whole Bean – 2LB offered on Amazon. It’s beautifully wrapped and makes a great gift for you or a coffee lover.
You can find great coffee through online stores like Amazon or Britt Cafe. Though, if you can, you should source your coffee at a small local roaster in your area.
Remember! When purchasing coffee from developing countries (and in general) always purchase fair trade and certified coffees. Doing so means supporting farms and communities that use sustainable practices and pay fair wages to labors and land owners.
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