Does Coffee make the world go round? At Espresso Deco we like to think it plays some part – keeping our espresso cups topped up certainly helps us through the day! This guest post tackles coffee on a global scale.
Guest Post: A Coffee World Tour
Which countries produce the best coffee in the world, the coffee beans that are renowned for their flavour? The world’s top producers of coffee beans are Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mexico, Ethiopia, India, Guatemala, Ivory Coast and Uganda, but are these destinations also tops when it comes to the flavour of the beans? Not necessarily. Sit back, relax and find out more on this whistle-stop world tour of the places where the best tasting coffee is produced.
The place where the word coffee originates (adapted from the Arabic), Turkish coffee is thick and delicious, with a rich almost chocolatey flavour. Be warned, though, when you get a cup of Turkish coffee you may not want to drink all the way to the end because there’s lots of residue at the bottom of the cup.
As well as Java, which is a common coffee flavour, Indonesia is known for Kopi Luak, a less bitter than usual coffee flavour. That’s because the beans have been through a civet’s insides – and you don’t want to think about how they got out. This coffee flavour is distinctive – and very expensive.
The world’s top coffee producer (35% of the market), Brazil makes the coffee that’s likely to be in many of the cups and blends you drink, so you’re probably already used to the flavour. There are many blends, however, and its Bourbon Santos blend is smooth, mild and highly rated.
Colombia, the world’s second largest coffee producer, is recognized for several full-flavoured blends, including Medellin and Bogota. Since the country naturally has perfect coffee growing conditions, it’s no surprise that Colombian coffee is highly rated.
Other South American Producers
Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica are all known for delicious coffee. In Guatemala, the coffee has a distinctive smoky, almost spicy flavour, while in Costa Rica the flavour is full bodied. Mexican coffee is tangy.
Ethiopia is coffee’s ancestral home, the place where the coffee bean was discovered before being shipped out to the rest of the world. Traditional Ethiopian coffee has a rich, incense-infused scent and flavour and is so thick that you can almost stand a spoon in it.
Small But Great
We’re almost at the end of our coffee world tour. Despite being top producers, Vietnam, India, Ivory Coast and Uganda aren’t as highly rated for flavour, but there’s one small producer that is – Jamaica. Variously described as fruity, nutty and full-flavoured, Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (grown above 3,000 feet) is one of the most delicious cups of coffee you’ll ever meet. Pricey, but worth it.
About the author: A confirmed coffee lover, Sharon Hurley Hall drinks Blue Mountain coffee whenever she can. She writes here for Eden Springs, the UK’s No.1 bottled water cooler supplier who now also offer office coffee machine rental. Image credit goes to jgoge123 on Flickr.