Coffee is the second most traded good in the world, next to oil. Coffee is not just used for refreshment purposes but is also used in caffeinated beverages, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. It is one of the top commodities of the world and the third most consumed drink in the world (after water and tea). The production, quality, and taste of coffee are influenced by a lot of factors like altitudes above sea level, climatic and social conditions, and other related factors. The same type of coffee can have a large difference in its taste depending on the place it was grown. The following is the list of top 5 places in the world that are known for growing the best coffee.
The coffee industry was developed in Guatemala in the mid 19th century. Production was slow at first but by the start of the 20th century, the southern coast of the country became the hub of the most important coffee plantation. For most of the 1900s and the start of the 21st century, Guatemala was the top producer of coffee in Central America. The type of coffee grown over here is known as the “Antigua Volcanic”. It has a heavy taste that is influenced by frequent contact with ocean winds.
Coffee was started getting cultivated in Kenya in the late 19th century. Kenyan coffee is generally graded after being milled. Grade size of AA is considered to be the largest and best in quality and taste. The acidic soil of the country provides the right condition for coffee. The type of coffee grown over here is the ‘Colombian mild’ and is well known for its intense flavor and aroma. High grade or Grade size AA coffee from Kenya is one of the most popular coffees in the world.
Coffee production in Ethiopia has been going on for centuries. It is widely regarded as the originating place for coffee. Coffee production and sale is very important to the Ethiopian economy as it constitutes around 60% of its foreign income. Ethiopia is the world’s seventh-largest producer of coffee and the largest producer of coffee in Africa. The Mocha variety of beans of the ‘Coffea Arabica’ is considered one of the best kinds of coffee beans in the world. The ‘Coffea Arabica’ grows wild all over Ethiopia and there are still thousands of its varieties that are still undiscovered. The plant is now grown in different parts of the world. The taste of the coffee from Ethiopia is widely categorized as having a ‘fruity and floral’ taste and aroma.
- Costa Rica
Even though it is a small country, Costa Rica provides for under 1% of the world’s coffee production.
The ‘Coffea Arabica’ was introduced to this country directly through Ethiopia. The beans from Costa Rica are considered to be one of the best in the world. Tarrazu is considered to produce the most popular beans of the Costa Rican coffee. The coffee produced here is considered to have a rich, soft, smooth, and walnut flavor, due to influence by the volcanic soil of the place.
Colombia supplies approximately 15% of the world’s coffee, which is the third-largest in the world (highest in terms of Arabica beans). The country produces a high-quality type of Arabica. The beans produced over here are mild and well-balanced. UNESCO has made Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia a World Heritage Site in 2011, and the European Union, in 2007, granted a protected destination of origin status to the coffee grown over here. The first commercial production started in Colombia in the early 19th century. A lot of people describe the Colombian coffee having a fruity taste.
Morning routine of most of us is incomplete without a cup of coffee, hot or cold. Every entrepreneur’s favorite late-night drink, coffee is essential to our lives and we probably cannot imagine a productive lifestyle without it. The coffee produced by the aforementioned top 5 places is worth a try. So start your search and arrange for yourself the best coffee that the world has to offer!
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