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Where is coffee grown?

Updated: Oct 4, 2022

Coffee is grown in countries worldwide, but some places are better suited to growing coffee than others.

Coffee Cup and Map of the Coffee Belt
There are over 50 countries that produce coffee beans, but only a handful of them produce enough to be considered significant producers.

Brazil, Colombia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sumatra, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Honduras are the major coffee-producing countries. Each country produces its unique blend of coffee beans that can have different flavours depending on where it comes from.

Where does the best quality coffee come from?

Each country produces a unique flavour of coffee beans due to differences in weather and soil conditions. In countries like Ethiopia or Colombia, coffee is commonly grown at high elevations, upwards of 1800 meters.

For example, Brazil produces Arabica and Robusta beans; Colombia produces only Arabica beans, while Uganda grows mostly Robusta beans.

When it comes to producing quality Arabica beans (the most popular variety), Brazil has been leading the pack for over 150 years! This country has an ideal climate for growing coffee plants and can produce Arabica and Robusta beans. Coffee from Brazil has a creamy body with subtle chocolate and caramel notes.

Colombia produces 100% Arabica beans with mild fruity flavours that complement milk or cream nicely when making espresso drinks like cappuccinos or lattes.

Uganda mainly produces Robusta coffee beans with more robust flavours than those produced by other countries because they're harder to grow but still taste great when appropriately roasted! Uganda mainly produces Robusta coffee beans with a bolder flavour profile than other coffees because they grow at higher altitudes where they’re exposed to more sunlight.

It can be hard to know where to start when it comes to choosing the best coffee for you.

When you're buying coffee, remember that there are no wrong answers. Keep an open mind and keep trying new things – your next bag might just be the best coffee in the world as far as you’re concerned. And that’s all that matters!

Coburg has been part of the coffee industry for 58 years, roasting coffee in the Thames Barrier area in Woolwich, London.

Do you want to learn more about the coffee industry and how coffee beans are harvested and roasted? Call us today 0845 355 3388 or email

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