There are lots of coffee growing regions throughout the world. There are two types of coffee though, Robusta and Arabica. Since all we use is Arabica coffee here at Lakota, that’s what we are going to focus on here on this page. Most of the Arabica coffee supplied to the world is hand picked on family farms of 12-15 acres. Each coffee growing region produces distinct flavors and characteristics that they are known for in the coffee industry. Some countries produce a lot of coffee per year. Take Brazil for example; they produce 35% or more of the worlds Arabica Coffee. There are also lessor known coffee growing countries like Zambia or Zimbabwe. While Zimbabwe produces a great coffee, they are not as well known and they do not have that much land to compete with a larger coffee growing region like Brazil or Colombia.
Below you find some of the growing regions throughout the world that are very well-known in the coffee industry. There are of course a lot of very small niche regions like Bolivia and Zambia, for example, but they are not very well known and do not produce that much coffee for market. We are not saying by any means that small regions do not produce great coffee, its just a niche market. Hawaii is a niche market but it is very well known due to the demand and very low supply. A good pound of Hawaii Kona Extra Fancy can easily go for $40-50 per pound without even blinking an eye.
Other Great Coffee from around the World:
- Hawaii Coffee (Kona is the most well known & most demanded coffee of Hawaii, hence the high price tag)
- India Coffee
- Organics and Fair Trades
- Specialty Blends
Often you will hear the term “Single Origin” when discussing coffee. Single Origin refers to coffee that grows only in a single region or country. For Instance, among Guatemalan Coffees, there are three regions. Coffee from each region is referred to as single origin due to the unique characteristics of each region, despite the fact that it comes from the same country. In Guatemala, Lake Atitlan, Antigua, and Hue Hue Tenango, are the three primary growing regions, each producing distinct and unique coffees.
On the other hand, when you hear about African Coffee, this refers to the coffee that originates from several different countries that are home to multiple coffee-producing regions. For instance, it can refer to Ethiopian Coffee, which includes coffee from origins such as Sidamo and Harrar. Or it could refer to Kenyan coffee, which includes coffees from the Mount Kenya and Nyanza regions.
Check out our profile on Specialty Coffee Advisor for more information about Coffee Regions and Coffee Origins.