Have you ever wondered why coffee is imported from across the globe?
Well, the best beans are grown by coffee trees at high altitudes within tropical climates. This is where there richest soil can be found, helping them to
grow fruitfully. The areas in the world with these conditions are generally found in the sunny countries in the Equatorial zone.
But it’s not only the location of where the coffee beans are grown that affects its flavour and overall quality. Other elements include the type of the plant, the weather, the makeup of the soil and the altitude of where it is grown. This is why coffee from different countries taste so different, however you can generally recognise flavour notes with coffee beans from the same range.
Although coffee is grown and imported from over 50 countries around the world, we have chosen our favourites to give you a little inspiration should you feel like experimenting with coffee flavours.
Mexico is known as one of the biggest coffee producers in the world, with over 100,000 coffee farmers working away every day. Unlike other coffee rich countries, Mexico’s coffee trade is made up of many smaller farms, rather than plantations. These farms are largely located in the southern regions of the country, especially in Chiapas, Veracruz and Oaxaca.
A blended cup of Mexican coffee has a distinct aroma, with a superb depth of flavour. It has been known to have a slight sharpness, which the more experienced coffee drinkers would enjoy. Mexican coffee beans are often used in dark roasted products, which make excellent espressos and strong coffees. The flavours would work well with nutty flavours in taller drinks, so try adding a shot ofAmaretto or Hazelnut syrup for added smoothness.
Guatemala has worked hard in recent years to be more visible and bring higher quality produce to compete in such a competitive coffee industry. Lesser known than some of the other big players in the coffee industry, Guatemalan coffee can often be seen as an exclusive bean. Guatemala's range of coffees have are rich in flavour and medium to full bodied. The rich volcanic soil give the coffee beans a distinct taste that has been known to taste spicy, with hints of chocolate.
These chocolatey undertones mean it mixes perfectly in drinks such as Mochas, blended with delicious chocolate syrups.
Without question, Brazil is currently the biggest producer of coffee in the world. Coffee plantations and farms are spread across almost incomprehensible stretches of land, with hundreds of thousands of people working across them. Which is why of course they are able to produce coffee in such high quantities.
Brazilian coffee tends to be milder in taste compared to the coffee of the countries mentioned above.
The two most popular types of coffee that come from Brazil are the Arabica and Robusta beans, which are grown in very different regions. Despite this, a cup of Brazilian coffee can be described as sweet and medium-bodied, making it great in milky drinks such as lattes - which go great withVanilla and Caramel flavours.
Researched and written for us by Red Cow Media