While most people might think they know the answer to this question, too many people get it wrong. But not even I could have predicted the top 10 as some of these countries I didn’t know you could even grow coffee plants in them! But this is is a sign of the times and the positions of them often changes with severe climate changes. More drought, fewer coffee beans! Too cold, too wet, too sunny! But as of this year, this is the current top 10 list…
10 – Guatemala – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 204,000)
Wiki Info: Coffee production in Guatemala began to develop in the 1850s. Coffee is an important element of Guatemala’s economy. Guatemala was Central America’s top producer of coffee for most of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century, until being overtaken by Honduras in 2011.
9 – Mexico – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 234,000)
Wiki Info: The coffee production in Mexico is the world’s 8th largest with 234,000 metric tonnes produced and is mainly concentrated to the south-central to southern regions of the country. The coffee is mainly arabica, which grows particularly well in the coastal region of Soconusco, Chiapas, near the border of Guatemala.
8 – Uganda – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 288,000)
Wiki Info: Coffee is Uganda’s top-earning export crop. In 1989 Uganda’s coffee production capacity exceeded its quota of 2.3 million bags, but export volumes were still diminished by economic and security problems, and large amounts of coffee were still being smuggled out of Uganda for sale in neighbouring countries. Robusta coffee grows natively in the Kibale forest area
7 – India – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 348,000)
Wiki Info: Coffee is grown in three regions of India with Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu forming the traditional coffee growing region of India, followed by the new areas developed in the non-traditional areas of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa in the eastern coast of the country and with a third region comprising the states of Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh of Northeastern India, popularly known as “Seven Sister States of India”.
6 – Honduras – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 348,000)
Wiki Info: The cultivation of the coffee plant was in its infancy in the Republic of Honduras at the end of the 19th century. While there were numerous coffee plantations at the time, they were small. The soil, climate, and conditions in Honduras are the same as those of Guatemala, Nicaragua, or Costa Rica.
5 – Ethiopia – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 384,000)
Wiki Info: Coffee production in Ethiopia is a longstanding tradition. Ethiopia is where Coffea arabica, the coffee plant, originates. The plant is now grown in various parts of the world; Ethiopia itself accounts for around 3% of the global coffee market.
4 – Indonesia – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 660,000)
Wiki Info: Coffee in Indonesia began with its colonial history and has played an important part in the growth of the country. Indonesia is located within an ideal geography for coffee plantations, near the equator and with numerous mountainous regions across the islands, creating well-suited micro-climates for the growth and production of coffee.
3 – Colombia – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 810,000)
Wiki Info: Coffee production in Colombia has a reputation for producing mild, well-balanced coffee beans. Colombia’s average annual coffee production of 11.5 million bags is the third total highest in the world, after Brazil and Vietnam; though highest in terms of the arabica bean.
2 – Vietnam – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 1,650,000)
Wiki Info: Coffee production has been a major source of income for Vietnam since the early 20th century. First introduced by the French in 1857, the Vietnamese coffee industry developed through the plantation system, becoming a major economic force in the country.
1- Brazil – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 2,592,000)
Wiki Info: Coffee production in Brazil is responsible for about a third of all coffee, making Brazil by far the world’s largest producer, a position the country has held for the last 150 years. Coffee plantations, covering some 10,000 sq mi are mainly located in the southeastern states of Minas Gerais, São Paulo and Paraná where the environment and climate provide ideal growing conditions.