ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Top 10 Best Coffee Producing Countries in The World

Updated on April 14, 2012

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.

1. Brazil

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.

3. Colombia

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.

4. Vietnam

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.

5. Ethiopia

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.

6. India

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.

7. Indonesia

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.

8. Honduras

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.

9. Mexico

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.

10. Peru

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

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      wolde sembaba 23 months ago

      thiopia have a good chance

    • Readmikenow profile image

      Readmikenow 2 years ago

      Lots of interesting information. I never thought Vietnam exported coffee beans. Enjoyed reading it.

    • profile image

      Guerrero 2 years ago

      I love to drink coffee ...my breakfast and lunch

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 2 years ago from India

      Isabella: Point taken :)

    • profile image

      Isabella 2 years ago

      Jamaica's mountain peak is the best I gave ever had.

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 3 years ago from India

      ankit aggarwal: Thanks a lot for commenting.

    • profile image

      ankit aggarwal 3 years ago

      Thanx for that

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 3 years ago from India

      Mario: Thanks a lot for sharing Mario :) I feel like trying it out myself now..

    • profile image

      Mario Martinez 3 years ago

      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...

    • profile image

      antony njaramba wamuiga 3 years ago

      Kenya coffee surpasses all. Try it today

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 3 years ago from India

      lud: I haven't heard much about the Guatemala one. I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the comment :)

    • profile image

      lud 3 years ago

      Guatemala isn't good?

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      Thanks a lot Toytasting :)

    • Toytasting profile image

      Toy Tasting 4 years ago from Mumbai

      I enjoyed reading your post. It is great to see India in the top 10 list :)

    • profile image

      Alexander Fornino 4 years ago

      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.

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      Kalmiya: Thanks a lot for sharing :)

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      Kalmiya: Thanks a lot for sharing :)

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      maheshpatwal: Thanks a lot for your comment Mahesh. Yeah, there are a lot coffee drinkers in India itself. I am one of them :)

    • Kalmiya profile image

      Kalmiya 4 years ago from North America

      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 profile image

      maheshpatwal 4 years ago from MUMBAI

      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....

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      mercuryservices: thanks a lot for your comment. I will definitely add Kenya and Hawaii..

    • mercuryservices profile image

      Alex Munkachy 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      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.

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      ketage: all the best :)

    • ketage profile image

      ketage 4 years ago from Croatia

      OK , Coffee break time , thanks you for this informative hub on coffee,

      I shall now go to partake of this delightful beverage :)

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      Sure Baxter, I will give it a try :)

    • Baxter Torie profile image

      Baxter John Polume Torie 4 years ago from Port Moresby

      Papua New Guinea has some of the best coffee in the world - you should order some :)

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      Abiot: I agree :)

    • profile image

      Abiot 4 years ago

      Amazing ,as the birth place of coffee, Ethiopians should have to export more of their production rather than consuming it.

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      That is amazing to know Gibson. I have tasted Brazilian coffee, but not Colombian coffee.. Would definitely love to taste it sometime.

    • csgibson profile image

      Craig Gibson 4 years ago from Traverse City Michigan

      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.

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      PNG Squatter : Thanks for adding it :)

    • PNG Squatter profile image

      Terry Vincent Enjeka 4 years ago from Port Moresby

      come to Papua New Guinea and find out about our best and finest coffee grown and manufactured for consumption..PARADISO COFFEE BEANS.

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      Thanks a lot vibesites and iguidenetwork :)

    • vibesites profile image

      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      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 profile image

      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      Great hub. Many more producers mean more varieties to try to enjoy! :)

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      thanks a lot coffeealera :)

    • coffeealera profile image

      coffeealera 4 years ago

      Very interesting article, thanks for the insight into where coffee is grown and harvested the most.

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      lemonkerdz: thank you for sharing it :) That is something new I learnt..

    • lemonkerdz profile image

      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      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.

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 5 years ago from India

      yup Darryl :) I am sure everyone has a different taste. I love stronger coffee :)

    • Darrylmdavis profile image

      Darrylmdavis 5 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      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.

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 5 years ago from India

      thanks a lot Huyenchi :)

    • huyenchi profile image

      huyenchi 5 years ago from London - Hanoi

      Thank Karthikkash for sharing, great hub, I am going to share in my social media

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 5 years ago from India

      Hi Roberto, some rankings keep changing :)

    • profile image

      Roberto 5 years ago

      Why is Peru number 10??

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 5 years ago from India

      thanks a lot for the feedback marinade :)

    • profile image

      marinade for barbecue 5 years ago

      Thanks a lot for your great posting,I love this post very much,please keep sharing of knowledges with us.

      http://www.cattleboyz.com/

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 5 years ago from India

      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 :)

    • profile image

      dion 5 years ago

      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.

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 5 years ago from India

      thanks a lot MelChi :)

    • MelChi profile image

      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Enjoyed reading your hub :)

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 5 years ago from India

      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 :)

    • profile image

      Kelly 5 years ago

      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 profile image

      Sneha Sunny 5 years ago from India

      I don't have much of knowledge on coffee. Enjoyed reading this hub. BTW glad to see India in the list. :-)

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 5 years ago from India

      thanks for sharing mochafocha. Few more and I may create another blog post regarding them :)

    • profile image

      mochafocha 5 years ago

      Papa New Guinea is also an excellent producer of coffee in my opinion the best in the world.

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 5 years ago from India

      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 profile image

      Ana Teixeira 5 years ago from Oporto, Porto, Portugal

      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

    • karthikkash profile image
      Author

      Karthik Kashyap 5 years ago from India

      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 profile image

      ladeda 5 years ago

      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. :)