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A Quick Tour Around the Flavorful World of Coffee

What makes a chocolatey dark roast different from a full-bodied, berry-flavored brew? Could it be the way the coffee is processed? Or perhaps the roaster is responsible for these distinctive flavors? While both of these things are true, the origin of your favorite coffee beans also plays a big role in taste and quality.

If you’re a coffee drinker, you’ve probably noticed that coffee beans are sourced from farms across the globe. But did you know that three regions – Central and South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia – are the world’s top producers of the majority of the coffee we drink today?

So, where do those beans with a cocoa finish come from? And that one that tastes like caramel? Or how about the beans that smell like jasmine and rose? Let’s take a look at some of the most popular coffee-growing countries in these regions and the unique flavors produced from each location.

Central & South America

These regions are known for producing light to medium bodied coffee with balanced acidity. Coffees from countries in this region are often described as having nutty, caramel, or chocolatey notes. As a whole, Central America has had a great influence on the coffee we drink in North America in terms of our habits and flavor preferences.

Brazil

Brazil is one of the largest coffee producers in the world. Coffee growers in this country tend to lean towards using the dry processing method, which makes it ideal for decaf brews and espresso blends. A Brazilian brew’s robust flavors also linger on the tongue. If you like a rich, flavorful coffee with notes of nuts and chocolate, you might consider choosing beans from Brazil.

Colombia

Colombia is one of the most popular coffee-producing countries and is known for producing mild, wet processed coffee. A classic Colombian coffee will be medium-bodied with low acidity and tends to be sweeter than coffee produced in other parts of South and Central America. With so many growers in regions across the country, Colombia is known to have a variety of flavors from bold and nutty to bright and citrusy brews — like our Miles O’ Smiles coffee with notes of apple and caramel.

Guatemala

Coffee grown in Guatemala offers a full-bodied flavor and is often used to create dark roast brews. Thick and creamy, coffee of this region varies in acidity and tends to be sweet and buttery. This creates an array of flavors from milk chocolate to banana and even bright citrus notes. If that sounds good to you, try Nomi Brew’s classic Guatemalan brew, Dark Thirty.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is well known in the specialty-grade coffee market, and the country has been a popular destination for coffee tourism for many years. Coffees from Costa Rica tend to be described as light and refreshing with a clean aftertaste. They offer a variety of flavor notes from honey and vanilla to chocolate and molasses and are often described as being well-balanced with light acidity.

 

Africa

Africa is known for producing rich-tasting, medium-bodied coffee with an endless array of flavor possibilities. It’s what makes this one of the most popular coffee-growing regions in the world. It’s also one of our favorites at Nomi Brew. These brews tend to offer higher acidity and are often described as being fruity, floral, and sweet-tasting compared to coffee grown in other regions.

Ethiopia

In the coffee industry, Ethiopia is known as the birthplace of coffee production. It is thought that the Arabica beans — which are currently used in 60% of the coffee produced today — originated from here. Both Natural and Washed coffees are produced in this region, offering a range of tastes. The naturally processed coffees can produce heavy-bodied, berry, wine-like flavors while the washed coffees tend to be lighter with herbal notes of jasmine or lemongrass. That’s why Ethiopian coffee is known for creating complex, high-quality brews. If you’re curious about coffee from this region, check out Nomi’s Sunny Summer Sunshine. This single-origin coffee comes from the West Arsi region in the heart of Ethiopia.

Kenya

Grown in the foothills of Mount Kenya, coffee from this region is known for being full-bodied, bold, and juicy. Kenyan coffees are often produced without shade. This and their variety of processing methods give coffee grown here a unique flavor combination. The result is a coffee combination of savory and sweet flavors, often described as having notes of dark berries and dried tomato.

Southwest Asia

Asia is an up-and-coming coffee-growing region with the largest export countries being Vietnam and Indonesia. These coffees are known for their earthy, herbal notes and tend to have lower acidity. As many coffee farms are located near spice farms in this region, the coffee produced here often includes a hint of spices.

Indonesia

Most Indonesian coffees are produced on the large islands of Sumatra, Java, and Sulawesi. The country is known for its finely aged, high-quality, and full-flavored coffees. Due to the unique aging process and tastes, coffees hailing from this region tend to fetch a higher price. Indonesian brews are known for their complex, deep, earthy notes and are especially good for dark roasts.

Vietnam

Vietnam is known for producing mostly Robusta coffee. These beans tend to create light, balanced, and medium-bodied brews. For this reason, you’ll Vietnamese coffee beans are often used in many of the blends found in your local grocery stores today.

Which of these flavor combinations sounds good to you? Whatever your preference, now that you know which regions produce certain flavors of coffee, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about the best coffee for your tastebuds. And if you’re still not sure, Nomi Brew offers a variety of coffees from different regions to choose from. Head on over to our website to start sampling and find your new favorite brew!

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