Coffee is consumed all over the world, and in some countries the main export. This commodity creates thousands of jobs for local businesses and farmers, and allows companies like mine to make it delicious. Here are the top 5 coffee producing countries of 2022.
1 - BRAZIL - 5.7 Billion lbs.
Brazil is the king of the coffee production industry, exporting around 2.6 million metric tons of coffee annually. Around 70% of the coffee beans from Brazil are Arabica beans, with some regions growing the stronger, bitter Robusta bean.
Nearly all of the coffee beans produced in Vietnam are the Robusta bean, grown at elevation in the Central Highlands. Though political strife, environmental factors, and economic problems cause their coffee production to fluctuate, Vietnam still remains in second place in the top coffee-producing countries.
3 - COLOMBIA 1.7 Billion lbs.
Colombia produces some of the best-tasting coffee in the world, with farming regions at high and low altitudes to create a wide variety of coffee flavor profiles. Since Colombia has been farming coffee for over 200 years, the methods of producing high-quality beans are near-perfect.
Indonesia is another powerhouse of coffee production, getting close to matching Colombia in terms of coffee bean weight. Indonesia is also famous for the most unique coffee processing method in the world. Palm civets (monkey-like mammals) eat the coffee cherries and defecate the coffee beans inside the fruit, which are then harvested. Called Kopi Luwak coffee, it’s one of the most expensive coffees in the world.
Ethiopia is the origin of the coffee plant and farming the native plants goes back centuries, way before the explosion of coffee production in South America. The leading African country in the coffee-producing industry, Ethiopia’s economy is heavily influenced by the amount of coffee sold yearly. The coffee in Ethiopia is also some of the highest-quality coffee in the world, especially if it’s a single-origin bean.