Coffee has become a huge business and so it is of little surprise that it is now one of the leading commodities worldwide.
Popular at breakfast tables and with a coffee shop seemingly on every corner, it is easy to see why coffee production has become such a big business.
With climates varying from country to country, coffee bean growing isn’t suitable for everywhere. This means that there are some stand-out coffee producing countries in the world who are able to produce much more than others.
So, with this in mind, let’s take a look at the top coffee-producing countries in the world.
We start our list with Brazil.
Brazil is, quite simply, the largest coffee producer in the world. For example, in 2016 it is thought that 2,595,000 metric tons of coffee beans were produced in Brazil alone.
Interestingly, Brazil has been the highest producing country for coffee for over 150 years with 27,000 square km of land dedicated to growing the beans!
Surprisingly to some, another one of the main coffee producing countries is Vietnam.
Vietnam’s coffee production has grown drastically in recent years, in 1975 it only produced 6,000 tons. To compare, in 2016 the country produced 1,650,000 metric tons.
When you think of coffee, you might instantly think of Colombia and there is a good reason for this.
The coffee produced in Colombia is world-famous. Over recent years, however, the temperature, and the rainfall has risen slowly. This has meant that the type of bean that is usually produced in Colombia hasn’t been able to grow as well.
Despite this, Colombia still managed to produce 810,000metric tons of coffee beans in 2016, which puts it third in the rankings.
Next, we move back to South East Asia. Although not traditionally known as a producer of coffee, Indonesia is estimated to have produced over 660,000 metric tons back in 2017.
Ethiopia takes fifth place, producing 384,000 metric tons in 2016. Ethiopia is also considered to be the home of Arabica coffee, one of the most popular types available on the market.
As a product, coffee exports are considered an extremely important part of Ethiopia’s economy and was even estimated to be worth 34% of the country’s total exports in 2006.*
Honduras, India, Uganda, and Thailand are some of the other countries just outside of the top five. With so many countries involved in coffee production, the world is seemingly spoilt for choice!
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