Posted on May 28, 2013
Ever wonder where your coffee comes from? Because the plant (coffea) is native to tropical climates, it can't be successfully grown in the U.S. Instead, it's imported from other regions with warm and humid tropical climates where it can be grown. Here we'll take a look at some of the world's top coffee-producing countries and reveal which one comes out on top.
Whether you are a coffee enthusiasts or just someone who enjoys a nice hot cup of "joe" in the morning, chances are you've heard of Colombian coffee before. With an estimated annual production of 1.5 billion pounds of coffee, they are the world's third largest producer. Natives to the region have been growing and producing coffee here for hundreds of years, dating all the way back to the 18th century. Columbia's first commercial coffee production began in 1835 with just a couple thousand bags of coffee; however, this quickly grew into a much larger operation that encompassed nearly all of the Colombian Coffee-Growers Axis region.
Coming in as the world's second largest coffee producer is the Southeast Asian country of Vietnam. This is sure to surprise some people who've never heard of coffee coming from this country. The truth is, however, that Vietnam has been a serious coffee-producing country ever since the mid-to-late 1800s. The product was first introduced to the country by the French who were looking for new regions to grow it. Vietnam was ideal because of its tropical climate and large, flat fields. Many plantation owners took to growing coffee for their primary source of income. Today, Vietnam produces just under 2 billion pounds of coffee annually, placing it over Colombia.
Title for the world's top coffee-producing country goes out to Brazil, who blows the competition away with over 5.5 billion pounds of annual coffee production. You might be surprised to hear that a third of all the world's coffee comes from this country. Coffee production here dates back to the 1700s where it quickly grew and thrived. Today, there are approximately 3 million Brazilian residents involved in the business.
Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding as to where your coffee comes from. Although Brazil is the leading producer, there are several other countries that play a key role in the industry. Some of the ones not mentioned in the top 3 include Indonesia, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and Honduras.