Biggest Coffee Producers (Top world coffee producers)


My cup of coffee can come from one of the 5 biggest coffee producers in the world but can also come from 48 other countries that produce coffee.

The biggest world producer is Brazil, who makes about 15% of the coffee global market. It is said that most coffee imported in the United States comes from this country. The majority of Brazil exports are known as Brazilian Naturals which is an unwashed Arabica. The best beans are Bourbon Santos and Bahia.

Some experts speak about the quantity taking over quality in Brazilian production of coffee. Also, International Coffee Organization says that "bad weather (...) could affect production quality" for the year of 2010/2011.

After Brazil comes Vietnam which, for the second consecutive year has placed itself in a second position, taking Colombia's place. Vietnam produces mostly Robusta, which is the cheapest coffee bean for importers.  Then comes Indonesia (with Java and Sumatra), Colombia (with its Colombian Milds, the best beans in the world, according with coffee specialists, mostly known for Bogota, Medellin and Supremo)  and ...another surprise...India, taking Mexico's 5th place. India's most known beans are Mysore and Monsooned Malabar.


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The 5 biggest coffee producers are (for 2009/2010)

1. Brazil - 39 470

2 Vietnam - 18 000

3. Indonesia - 10 700

4. Colombia - 9 000

5. India - 4 827

The numbers represent thousands of bags 1 bag of coffee = 152.12 lb or 69 kg.

Other producers:
Africa: Cameron, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

Asia & Oceania: Papua New Guinea, Thailand

Mexico and Central: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua

South America Ecuador, Peru

Biggest Coffee Producers for 2011

1. Brazil - 43.484 bags

2. Vietnam - 18.500

3. Ethiopia - 9.804

4. Indonesia - 8.750

5. Colombia - 8.500

6. India - 5.370

7. Peru - 5.000

8. Mexico - 4.500

9. Honduras - 4.300

10. Guatemala - 3.450

(in 000 bags)

The bigger winner is Ethiopia with a steady increase in coffee productions over the last five years, growth that is placing this country in a third position.

The coffee industry classifies the beans into four groups: Colombian Milds, Other Milds, Brazilian Naturals and Robusta. The top three are actually Arabica coffee.

There are 2 species of coffee largely produced in 53 countries around the world: Coffea arabica or Arabica Coffee and Coffea Canephora or Robusta Coffee. There are notable differences between these 2 species of plants like the roots depth, the temperature they best mature, the amount of beans they yield, the caffeine content of the bean and many others.

The best known Arabica are Blue Mountain (Jamaica and Kenya), Mundo Novo (Brazil), Kent (India), Catuai (Brazil).

The type of coffee produced in 2009:

Arabica coffee leads with 73.092 bags

Robusta produced 50.054 bags

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The world consumption of coffee is steady increasing with 2 million of bags (of coffee) per year. that is almost 2% of the annual number.

The biggest consumers are: (in kilogrammes per capita) 1kilogram = 2.2 pounds

#1 can you believe it?

1. Luxembourg - 25.55

2. Finland - 12.62

3. Switzerland - 9.15

4. Norway - 8.99

5. Sweden - 8.28

US consumption is 4.17, on the same level with Spain or Portugal. For comparison here are Italy, with 5.98, Japan with 3.33, Canada with 5.80, and Romania with 3.79. Russian Federation has one of the lowest percentage, only 1.58, on the same level as Ireland and Poland.


Special events

National Coffee Association will hold a Coffee Summit on October 10-12, 2012. The summit will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

More details are posted on NCA's website at

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

You know Vietnam surprised me quite a bit being on teh list of the top five producers, but once I thought about it, it made sense.

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cameciob 6 years ago Author

Hi Rebecca,thank you for stopping and reading my hub. Vietnam comes from behind but I think it has to improve its quality too. some countries produce cheaper coffee which is not bad if they keep an acceptable quality.

Mike Chronos 6 years ago

Informative hub. ChronosCoffee carries blends from all over the world- a lot of them are organic but they only carry the best!

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cameciob 6 years ago Author

Mike Chronos, looks like this store carries one of my favourite: Costa Rica Tarazzu. Thank you for stopping and commenting on my hub.

AL-Hamdani For Producing & Exporting Yemen Green (Mocha)Coffee Co 6 years ago

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PaperNotes 6 years ago

It is interesting to know more about my favorite beverage. Thanks.

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cameciob 6 years ago Author

PaperNotes, in my case, the more I know about coffee the more I like it. Thank you for stopping.

Ray Lowry 5 years ago

Another excellent article about coffee. Very informative read!

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cameciob 5 years ago Author

Thank you Ray.

Haq 5 years ago

How abt Ethiopian organic coffee .Actually Ethiopia is the Birth place of Coffee Arabica ,to my surprise there is no major coffee producing area but this coffee went through Yemen to the rest of the world and got his adopted name .It should be named coffee Abisinica .

james 4 years ago

go ethiopia

Byaruhanga Oscar 4 years ago

Good data. Thanx for keeping us informed.

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cameciob 4 years ago Author

@haq & James

I just want to let you know that, few weeks ago, after intense resarches, I published a hub about Ethiopian coffee.

Eria 4 years ago

Wow! Brazil dwarfs everyone else in production, but you never see many coffee packs with Brazil on? where is it all going?

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cameciob 4 years ago Author

Erica, if you are interested, I wrote another hub called Brazilian coffee .

sahar and rabab 4 years ago

so much information wow! we made a project and we got full marks which we never expected.

RDJandBraila 4 years ago

Is Brazil still the World's largest Coffee Producer? What is the Record for the Most Coffee Produced in a Year and Who currently Holds it? 4 years ago

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