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A Guide To Gourmet Coffee

by: Dakota Caudilla

Even a Coffee Bean or San Francisco Coffee outlet frequenter won’t be able to master the art of appreciating true gourmet coffee unless they know the history and info about gourmet coffee. Oh, of course, you don’t have to an EXPERT to enjoy and understand gourmet coffee, but knowing a little bit more than the grocery store owner who sells instant coffee would help you appreciate the taste, smell and absolute heaven that gourmet coffee fans know gourmet coffee is absolutely capable of.

Gourmet coffee is nothing like wine. With wine, the longer you leave (some wine, anyway), the better the taste, the higher the quality and the pricier it is. But with gourmet coffee, freshness says a lot. If possible, get coffee beans that have been roasted no more than 1 week before. And if you’re going to learn how to appreciate gourmet coffee, only buy 100% Arabica coffee. Read the rest of this entry

I was just looking up the world’s top producers for tea leaves. So it only makes sense to do the same for the other brew that I talk about on this site: coffee.

What are the top producing countries in the world for green coffee beans? I looked at the reporting from the Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations, and this is what I found:

Ranking 2006 Production
(2006 in tons)
Ranking 2003 Production
(2003 in tons)
1. Brazil 2,592,592 1 1,987,074
2. Viet Nam 853,500 2 793,700
3. Colombia 696,000 3 694,080
4. Indonesia 652,668 4 663,571
5. Mexico 287,555 6 310,861
6. India 274,000 5 275,000
7. Ethiopia 259,980 8 244,200
8. Guatemala 256,610 7 221,580
9. Honduras 190,640 10 203,148
10. Peru 174,955 9 175,284

Source: FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

Coffee From Brazil

One third (32%) of the world’s green coffee beans was produced in Brazil in 2006. Viet Nam, Colombia and Indonesia together have another 28% of the coffee market.

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