What are the best coffee producing countries in the world? Well, I was inspired to write about this topic when my mind was blank in the morning and I was sipping a cup of hot coffee. I am an avid coffee drinker (and a tea drinker as well), and when I was thinking what to write about, this was the topic which suddenly flashed into my mind. So, here it goes: The top 10 best coffee producing countries in the world.
If you are a coffee drinker, one of the first countries you will remember for producing some of the best coffee is Brazil. Brazil produces an estimated 54 million bags of coffee. Brazil has maintained the top spot in producing some of the best coffee for over 150 years.
2. Costa Rica
Costa Rica started producing coffee in 1779. Coffee Arabica was brought to this country from Ethiopia. The Costa Rican government came with an open policy of offering plots to farmers who wanted to grow coffee. This open policy led to the development of coffee plantation system. Around 1829, production of coffee surpassed that of cacao, sugar and tobacco. Today coffee is one of the major sources of revenue in this country.
There is no single consensus on how coffee was brought to this country. However, coffee from Colombia has its own identity. If you are a coffee drinker, Columbian coffee is one of the best you can get due to its high quality coffee beans. It is also one of the largest producer of coffee in the world.
The French introduced coffee to this country in the year 1857. From then onwards, Vietnam has become an important coffee growing country in Asia. During the early 20th century, the small scale industry grew into a massive industry. In 2008, according to an estimate by Reuters, Vietnam exported about 1.13 million tonnes of coffee. It stood second to rice in value of exported agricultural products for that year.
Ethiopia is considered the birthplace of coffee. It is the 7th largest coffee producer in the world and the top producer in Africa. In fact half of the coffee produced by the country goes into domestic consumption. It is said that coffee trees were accidentally found by a goat-herder in an area called “Kaffa” after his goat started acting as if energized by eating a particular plant. The trees were called “Kafa” (very much sounds like coffee). There are four major types of coffee production systems in this country.
In recent years, India has managed to earn a spot in the top ten coffee producing countries in the world, due to its major coffee estates and plantations in the Southern parts of the country such as Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. It is believed that outside the Arab world, India has been the oldest producer of coffee. It is said that coffee beans were smuggled into India from the Arab world in the 17th century. The country is known for its monsoon Malabar variety. Under British rule, India had already reached a stage of exporting coffee. India specializes in the production of Robusta coffee.
As compared to India, Indonesia is definitely a larger producer of coffee. About 90% of coffee produced in the country is done by small farmers. It also is one of the earliest producers of coffee apart from India outside the Arabic world. The country produces two major types of coffee beans: Coffea canephora and Coffea Arabica.
Honduras is primarily an agriculture oriented country and the country’s economy is very much dependent on its agricultural exports. Coffee is the largest cash crop in this country in terms of exports. The good thing about this country is that it has the required climate and environment for coffee production. However, unfortunately, it lacks the processing techniques, infrastructure and brand name due to which, exporters are unable to charge premium prices.
Coffee is produced in this country mainly in the southern and south central regions. Coffee was brought into Mexico from Antilles at the end of the 18th century. The country began exporting coffee by 1870. By 1980, coffee became an important export crop for the country. Mexico is probably the largest source of coffee for the USA. The country grows good amounts of Coffea Arabica.
Peru is another South American country which massively exports coffee and earns significant revenue through its coffee exports. The country has a large number of small-sized coffee plantations. Peru is known to be one of the major producers of fair trade and organic coffee beans in the world.
So, here are some of the best coffee producing countries in the world. So, the next cup of coffee you have, it will be a nice idea to check out which country your coffee beans came from.
To see what the different varieties of coffee beans used for preparing coffee are, visit http://karthikkash.hubpages.com/hub/Varieties-of-Coffee-Beans
Jeff Zod from Nairobi on October 27, 2018:
I think you have failed to mention that Kenyan coffee is one of the best and most sought after in the world. This article is informative but you have failed to include some important coffee producing countries.
wolde sembaba on November 01, 2015:
thiopia have a good chance
Readmikenow on September 04, 2015:
Lots of interesting information. I never thought Vietnam exported coffee beans. Enjoyed reading it.
Guerrero on April 24, 2015:
I love to drink coffee ...my breakfast and lunch
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on March 08, 2015:
Isabella: Point taken :)
Isabella on March 08, 2015:
Jamaica's mountain peak is the best I gave ever had.
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on May 14, 2014:
ankit aggarwal: Thanks a lot for commenting.
ankit aggarwal on May 14, 2014:
Thanx for that
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on March 31, 2014:
Mario: Thanks a lot for sharing Mario :) I feel like trying it out myself now..
Mario Martinez on March 29, 2014:
Actually my grandma makes the best coffee in the world. She has a couple of trees down in Guatemala. One is sweet while the other is a bit mild. She will usually have about 10lbs a year but she lets the beans air dry with ripe cocoa beans, haba, cardamom, and corn. And she roasts it all together on a comal burning fresh green cedar. Once brewed the coffee has this awesome smoky hearty flavor. Damn and the aroma! Just thinking about it makes me get chills...
antony njaramba wamuiga on March 22, 2014:
Kenya coffee surpasses all. Try it today
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on September 30, 2013:
lud: I haven't heard much about the Guatemala one. I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the comment :)
lud on September 30, 2013:
Guatemala isn't good?
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on July 02, 2013:
Thanks a lot Toytasting :)
Toy Tasting from Mumbai on July 02, 2013:
I enjoyed reading your post. It is great to see India in the top 10 list :)
Alexander Fornino on June 29, 2013:
As one of the best, if not the best, coffee-producing countries, Brazil has many businesses that sell high-quality coffee. www.b2brazil.com provides easy access to these businesses and others in Brazil and beyond. If you have a business, you can make business-to-business trades with them via B2B Brazil.
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on May 05, 2013:
Kalmiya: Thanks a lot for sharing :)
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on May 05, 2013:
Kalmiya: Thanks a lot for sharing :)
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on May 03, 2013:
maheshpatwal: Thanks a lot for your comment Mahesh. Yeah, there are a lot coffee drinkers in India itself. I am one of them :)
Kalmiya from North America on May 03, 2013:
What would we do without our coffee?! I didn't know that coffee came to Mexica via Antilles and I learned a lot reading your comments section too. I'm writing a hub about food in Manzanillo Mexico and regret to say that restaurant coffee there is not that great despite the fact they grow coffee. I guess they prefer a cerveza to a coffee! Thanks for your interesting hub.
maheshpatwal from MUMBAI on May 03, 2013:
Detailed insights on top producers of coffee in the world....Vietnam is the country which surprised me as i was under the impression that asian countries drink and produces tea the most..... Nice hub....
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on May 02, 2013:
mercuryservices: thanks a lot for your comment. I will definitely add Kenya and Hawaii..
Alex Munkachy from Honolulu, Hawaii on May 02, 2013:
I am an avid coffee drinker myself and love your topic... I do however hold firm in the belief that some of the best coffee in the world is grown in Kenya and Hawaii.
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on March 19, 2013:
ketage: all the best :)
ketage from Croatia on March 19, 2013:
OK , Coffee break time , thanks you for this informative hub on coffee,
I shall now go to partake of this delightful beverage :)
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on March 16, 2013:
Sure Baxter, I will give it a try :)
Baxter John Polume Torie from Port Moresby on March 15, 2013:
Papua New Guinea has some of the best coffee in the world - you should order some :)
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on February 22, 2013:
Abiot: I agree :)
Abiot on February 22, 2013:
Amazing ,as the birth place of coffee, Ethiopians should have to export more of their production rather than consuming it.
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on February 12, 2013:
That is amazing to know Gibson. I have tasted Brazilian coffee, but not Colombian coffee.. Would definitely love to taste it sometime.
Craig Gibson from Traverse City Michigan on February 12, 2013:
I enjoyed your article. I live in Colombia and I love the Colombian Coffee. I will soon write an article on coffee myself. I almost got into the coffee business year ago here.
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on December 05, 2012:
PNG Squatter : Thanks for adding it :)
Terry Vincent Enjeka from Port Moresby on December 05, 2012:
come to Papua New Guinea and find out about our best and finest coffee grown and manufactured for consumption..PARADISO COFFEE BEANS.
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on November 26, 2012:
Thanks a lot vibesites and iguidenetwork :)
vibesites from United States on November 26, 2012:
I like coffee, and I praise for your research about the biggest producers of coffee in the world today. It perks up my knowledge, so to speak. Good hub! :)
iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on November 26, 2012:
Great hub. Many more producers mean more varieties to try to enjoy! :)
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on November 20, 2012:
thanks a lot coffeealera :)
coffeealera on November 20, 2012:
Very interesting article, thanks for the insight into where coffee is grown and harvested the most.
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on November 08, 2012:
lemonkerdz: thank you for sharing it :) That is something new I learnt..
lemonkerdz from LIMA, PERU on November 08, 2012:
living in peru near the jungle in jaen is where most of peru´s coffee growing happens. They produce some of the best coffee i have tasted and that's saying something. sadly most of the beans get exported for starbucks, lavazza etc. I had a friend who owns a coffee almacen and most of her beans were exported to colombia in green bean processed in colombia and roasted and then they have legal right to call it Colombian coffee. So many times people say colombian coffee is the best.....when in truth the most crucial part the growing took place in another country. Thanks for the Hub.
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on July 13, 2012:
yup Darryl :) I am sure everyone has a different taste. I love stronger coffee :)
Darrylmdavis from Brussels, Belgium on July 13, 2012:
African coffee is really my all-time favorite. It's lighter on the tongue and more arromatic than what typically comes out of the Americas.
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on July 10, 2012:
thanks a lot Huyenchi :)
huyenchi from London - Hanoi on July 10, 2012:
Thank Karthikkash for sharing, great hub, I am going to share in my social media
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on June 27, 2012:
Hi Roberto, some rankings keep changing :)
Roberto on June 27, 2012:
Why is Peru number 10??
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on May 11, 2012:
thanks a lot for the feedback marinade :)
marinade for barbecue on May 11, 2012:
Thanks a lot for your great posting,I love this post very much,please keep sharing of knowledges with us.
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on May 10, 2012:
Dion: Sorry for not including it. I definitely haven't tried all the coffees though I have heard quite a few, hence I have limited knowledge of some of them. I have recently come to know few more coffees. I will definitely include it here :)
dion on May 10, 2012:
It is obvious that i find the person who wanted to search for best produce or best taste coffee have not have a great knowledge of coffee. How on earth do you missed the best coffee Jamaica brand. you need to do a
thorough research before delivering a conclusion.
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on May 01, 2012:
thanks a lot MelChi :)
Melanie Chisnall from Cape Town, South Africa on May 01, 2012:
Enjoyed reading your hub :)
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on April 21, 2012:
Kelly: thanks for commenting. The order I have put is necessarily not the order of ranking :) I have drank Brazilian and Colombian coffee and personally, I think they are the best :)
Sneha Sunny: yes, India is one of the largest producers of Robusta :)
Kelly on April 21, 2012:
I don't think Colombia should go third. I did research and it says Colombian Coffee is the best coffee in the world!(:
Sneha Sunny from India on April 04, 2012:
I don't have much of knowledge on coffee. Enjoyed reading this hub. BTW glad to see India in the list. :-)
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on March 30, 2012:
thanks for sharing mochafocha. Few more and I may create another blog post regarding them :)
mochafocha on March 30, 2012:
Papa New Guinea is also an excellent producer of coffee in my opinion the best in the world.
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on March 25, 2012:
thanks for sharing that piece of information Ana. Jamaica didn't cross my mind. I will make sure that I add to the list. And yes, this list is a mixture of the largest producers and best coffee producers (considering Brazilian and Colombian are still some of the best I have drank) :)
Ana Teixeira from Oporto, Porto, Portugal on March 25, 2012:
I'm not sure if the list is about the best coffee or the biggest exportation countries. I'm asking because the best coffee in the world is actually made not from a plant, but from animal feses. If you want the best coffee in the world made from a plant, you would still have to mention Jamaica. The jamaica "blue mountain" coffee is considered the best coffee in the world that comes from a plant and its certainly the most expensive one. totally worth it though if you're a coffee lover! =) . great hub.. coffeeeeeeeeeee! xD
Karthik Kashyap (author) from India on March 24, 2012:
thank you Iadeda. I am sure you will be knowing quite something about the different coffee beans and the countries they come from, being in that industry. Thank you for the contribution :)
ladeda on March 24, 2012:
After working in coffee shops for many years, I'm always interested to learn about where my cup of coffee came from. There are so many great coffee producing regions of the world, and therefore many unique cups of coffee to try! Great idea for a Hub. :)