Written by Martin Bazylewich
When we reach for our coffee every morning, most of us do so with a true appreciation for the goodness that is inside the cup. But do we know where our different coffees come from?
Coffee, like any other crop, requires certain conditions to grow. Coffees, regardless of species, come from a specific geographical band that circles the globe, and this band is known as ‘The Coffee Belt’.
The Coffee Belt is found between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. While not all countries that inhabit this geographic area produce coffee, you can be sure that your cup of coffee does come from a country that falls within these latitudes of 23.5 degrees north and south of the equator. In fact, of the approximately 70 countries that fall within this geographic band, there are about 45 different coffee growing countries spanning the continental zones of North and Central America, South America, Africa, Asia and Oceania / The South Pacific.
We’ll be diving into each of these regions and talking about their individual traits and “personalities” in future blog posts. Stay tuned:)