Where does our coffee come from? I know such a magic elixir seems like it must come from Narnia or Oz, but that is not the case. Seattle or "my bodega" is not quite correct either. There are many regions in which coffee beans are produced. While they are not quite as fantastical as the aforementioned lands of fiction, they are all exciting places with unique landscapes and features.
Furthermore, many locations yield their own specific flavor of bean. Weather and environment have a large impact on how beans grow and therefore on how they taste. Located mainly in what coffee aficionados refer to as the "Bean Belt," the primary regions of coffee bean production are included below.
- Central America - Bean producer for some of the most widely known brands of coffee on the market, this coffee usually tastes mild, bright, and clean. While strengths always have a range, these beans are common for the average coffee drinker.
- South America - Columbia and coffee go together like Sonny and Cher. In fact, most coffee companies make a point to advertise this land of origin. Taste is comparable to Central America but can be a bit spicier or more fruity.
- Africa - Only a few countries in this region produce, but they are definitely the more trendy beans. Coffee originating in this region tends to be thicker and richer in berry flavor.
- Asia - Mostly in the southeast, the coffee that these beans produce are herbal, big, and bold. Needless to say, it is not for the faint of heart.
- India - Due to the monsoons, these beans get left to the elements for months at a time. Luckily for us, it results in a unique and pungent flavor that is a favorite for espresso.
I know what you are thinking - how can I afford to travel to all these places every morning when all I want is a quality cup of coffee? Well what Green Dragon lacks in frequent flier miles, we make up for in accessibility! Contact us to learn more about our selections from around the world as well as our commitment to farmers and sustainability.