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Where does coffee come from?

Updated: Apr 8, 2021

Hello Coffee Lovers!

So, I know you’re obsessed with coffee just like I am, but have you ever stopped to think about where you get your daily dose of happiness from?

Coffee is grown all around the world but the bulk of it is from the Bean Belt. This is the space between the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer and includes parts of Central America, South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The climate in these areas are perfect growing conditions for coffee plants. (Yes, plants! More on that next time.)

There are two main categories of beans, Arabica and Robusta. Most of the beans that are used in coffee shops and that you buy from the store are Arabica. Arabica beans have a wide variety of flavor profiles and are grown in higher altitudes in rich soil whereas Robusta beans are grown in higher temperatures and lower altitudes. Along with where the plants are grown, other factors such as plant variety, chemistry of the soil, weather, rainfall/sunshine, and how the cherries are processes all affect the flavor profile.

Outside of the bean belt, there are farms that grow coffee, but they aren’t very common. Some of the most well-known farms are actually in Santa Barbara and San Diego County in California. Because it takes more resources to grow in these regions, it drives the price of the coffee waayyy up, anywhere from $60 – $600 per pound!

Next time, we’ll talk more about the process of the coffee plant and how that further affect the flavors. Let us know what you think about these types of blogs below! We love to hear from you. Talk soon!

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