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Coffee Around the World

If you are new to drinking coffee, or even if you have never branched out of your comfort zone when it comes to coffee, you may think that all coffee tastes the same. Depending on where the coffee was grown and processed, it can have a vastly different flavor profile than another bean grown in another part of the world. Trying and tasting coffee from different parts of the world can open up your taste buds to new experiences, and you can then discover which coffee from which region you truly like!



Here is a breakdown of the different coffee regions:



Central America


Central American coffee is usually what most Americans are used to having just based on geographical reasons. The coffee grown in these countries is much closer to us than coffees grown in African or Asian countries. The countries most well-known for growing coffee in this region is Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Also, even though Mexico isn’t technically in Central America, it is usually grouped into this region because the majority of coffee grown in Mexico is grown in the very southernmost part of the country. The coffee in Central America has varying acidity levels, but tend to be on the lower side, fruity notes such as apple or cherry, and a soft sweetness that is likened to milk chocolate or butter. The flavors are very balanced between fruit and cocoa.



South America


South American coffee is some of the most recognized around the world because of the big exporters of Brazil and Colombia, but there are also Peru and Bolivia who produce some great coffee. The coffee from this region is relatively close in flavor to the coffee in Central America; this makes sense because the two regions are so close to each other. The flavor profiles of South America are just a little more pronounced than their neighbors from above. The coffee has a mellow acidity, sweet, fruity notes, and are fairly medium-bodied.



Africa


Coffee originated in Africa, Ethiopia in particular, so, as a result, it is one of the biggest exporters of coffee in the entire world. The word of coffee spread and the neighbor of Ethiopia, Kenya, was introduced to coffee production sometime in the 1800s. Ever since then, the coffee from these two countries has become some of the most popular and sought after in the world. The coffee from this region is fairly high in acidity. It has bold flavor notes of grapes, wine, and rose to produce some exotic, diverse cups.



Asia/Pacific


Have you ever heard someone call coffee “java” and wondered where that term originated from? It comes from the coffee produced on the island of Java in Indonesia, which is near the island of Sumatra, another large coffee exporter to the world. There are also the islands of the Pacific, such as Papua New Guinea, which produce a lot of coffee every year. The coffees from Asia have earthy, spice notes to them, such as white pepper or clove. They are almost like a tea in that they pair really well with some milk. As for the Pacific coffees, they have sweet, tropical flavor notes.



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