An adventure with Coffee

Coffee Growing Regions Around The World

Have you ever looked at the bags of beans at your favorite coffee shop and seen they list the country it’s from?

Do you find yourself wondering why you should care where the coffee was grown? After all, does it make a difference if the coffee is from Sumatra, Uganda, or Brazil?

Actually, coffee-growing regions do make a difference.

Coffee does taste different depending on where it’s grown. And knowing about coffee-growing regions will help you choose and enjoy the best coffee for your tastes.

In this article, we’ll look at the major coffee-growing regions around the world and what unique tastes you can expect from them.

Where Do Coffee Beans Grow: The Bean Belt

Coffee is grown in a vast region known as the bean belt.

This term is appropriate since this area is like a belt that wraps around the globe at the equator. Coffee is grown just above and just below the equatorial zone.

Within that bean belt area, there are many regions or origins. The terms region and origin refer to where the plant is grown in the world or at times within a country.

Coffees from diverse regions of the world – and micro-regions, too – can all taste different.

Why are there different tastes? Well, there are a lot of factors that go into it.

the bean belt


Each region within the coffee bean belt has a unique altitude, climate, and soil conditions. Another factor is processing traditions.

These processing methods dictate how the beans are harvested and what happens to them after they are removed from the plant. Just those traditions can mean huge differences in your cup.

What can you expect from beans from different regions?

As you try coffees from around the world, you’ll see that some regions produce beans with more body, while other beans have more acidity.

Some taste sweeter, and others taste fruity. Some coffees can even be spicy or smoky!