Coffee grown worldwide can trace its heritage back centuries to the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau.
Coffee is grown and usually processed at origin - meaning the farm where they are grown will process, dry and age the green beans before they are sold to brokers or direct to coffee roasters.
The main coffee-producing countries include Brazil, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Honduras, Columbia, Guatemala, Peru, and Papua New Guinea. There are also a number of smaller coffee-producing countries mixed in with the larger producers, and all are located in what is referred to as the ‘bean belt.’
The Bean Belt is the section of the globe that provides the perfect climate for coffee plants to flourish and tends to be both tropical and mountainous in nature. Warm temperatures, high altitudes, and heavy rainfall are what make coffee plants happy and keep producing high-quality coffee beans. The Bean Belt is located between the tropics of Capricorn and Cancer, placed slightly either side of the Equator.