Coffee Producing Countries 2019

Did you know that coffee starts as fruit from cherry trees? That’s right! Coffee beans are made from cherries. And like every product that starts as a seed and becomes a plant before the finished product surfaces, coffee does not grow well or sustainably in all parts of the world. What you will find when looking at coffee producing countries is that most of the countries that produce coffee share similar characteristics in terms of the geographic area.

There's a prime location for coffee growth and it is called the Bean Belt. This title refers to the area between 25° N and 30° S. Coffee thrives in warmer locations, so anywhere that is too extreme in relation to the northern and southern poles will not be substantial or feasible places to grow coffee. Coffee exportation, as well as coffee as imports, is most common in Africa, Asia, South America, and North America, with the exception of the country of Canada.

There are roughly seventy countries that produce coffee, but not every nation that grows their own cherry trees and manufactures coffee beans also exports their product. Focusing on the countries that produce coffee as well as distribute them to buyers around the world, there are fifty coffee producing countries that export their product. The fifty countries that produce coffee on their own soil include…

Here are the same fifty countries that produce coffee, followed by their respective coffee production values in pounds…

  • Brazil, 5,714,381,000 pounds
  • Vietnam, 3,637,627,000 pounds
  • Colombia, 1,785,744,000 pounds
  • Indonesia, 1,455,050,000 pounds
  • Ethiopia, 846,575,000 pounds
  • Honduras, 767,208,000 pounds
  • India, 767,208,000 pounds
  • Uganda, 634,931,000 pounds
  • Mexico, 515,881,000 pounds
  • Guatemala, 449,743,000 pounds
  • Peru, 423,287,000 pounds
  • Nicaragua, 291,010,000 pounds
  • China, 257,544,000 pounds
  • Côte d'Ivoire, 238,099,000 pounds
  • Costa Rica, 197,357,000 pounds
  • Kenya, 110,187,000 pounds
  • Papua New Guinea, 105,821,000 pounds
  • Tanzania, 105,821,000 pounds
  • El Salvador, 100,795,000 pounds
  • Ecuador, 92,594,000 pounds
  • Cameroon, 75,398,000 pounds
  • Laos, 68,784,000 pounds
  • Madagascar, 68,784,000 pounds
  • Gabon, 66,138,000 pounds
  • Thailand, 66,138,000 pounds
  • Venezuela, 66,138,000 pounds
  • The Dominican Republic, 52,910,000 pounds
  • Haiti, 46,297,000 pounds
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo, 44,312,000 pounds
  • Rwanda, 33,069,000 pounds
  • Burundi, 26,455,000 pounds
  • The Philippines, 26,455,000 pounds
  • Togo, 26,455,000 pounds
  • Guinea, 21,164,000 pounds
  • Yemen, 15,873,000 pounds
  • Cuba, 13,227,000 pounds
  • Panama, 13,227,000 pounds
  • Bolivia, 11,904,000 pounds
  • Timor Leste, 10,582,000 pounds
  • The Central African Republic, 8,598,000 pounds
  • Nigeria, 5,291,000 pounds
  • Ghana, 4,894,000 pounds
  • Sierra Leone, 4,761,000 pounds
  • Angola, 4,629,000 pounds
  • Jamaica, 2,777,000 pounds
  • Paraguay, 2,645,000 pounds
  • Malawi, 2,116,000 pounds
  • Trinidad and Tobago, 1,587,000 pounds
  • Zimbabwe, 1,322,000 pounds
  • Liberia, 793,000 pounds

The ten countries that are reported as having the top highest rates of coffee production, in order of most coffee produced, are...

  • Brazil
  • Vietnam
  • Colombia
  • Indonesia
  • Ethiopia
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Uganda
  • Mexico
  • Guatemala

Now, here’s a brief snippet about the top five coffee producing countries so you can learn a little more about three of the top ten places that are most well-known for coffee!

Brazil

Brazil is undoubtedly the country that produces the absolute most coffee per year and in terms of pounds. The top three coffee growing cities in Brazil are São Paulo, Parana, and Minas Gerais, all of which are in the southeasternmost region of the country. The most commonly implemented form of coffee production is by way of the dry process, meaning the coffee is not cleansed with water, which is called a wet process. Rather, in a dry process, the coffee cherries are left out to air dry and they are dehydrated with the natural heat of the sun, so this process is as close to completely natural as coffee production can be.

Indonesia

Indonesia is one of many Asian countries that produces an impressively vast amount of coffee on an annual basis. In fact, the country is home to about one-and-a-half million different farmers who operate coffee farms and production companies of their own. Some of the rarest coffees in the Western world originate in Indonesia, including but certainly not limited to a bean called Kopi Luwak. Indonesian coffee farmers do not take coffee growing, roasting, and producing lightly by any means, and it shows in their finished product. For example, the Kopi Luwak coffee bean from Indonesia is one of the priciest beans across the globe.

Honduras

If you stumble upon sources that do not list Honduras as the fifth highest coffee producing countries, make sure to double check the timestamp of the article you are referencing. The reason for this suggestion is that Honduras was recently declared as the fifth highest coffee producing country in the world. Before the crop year between 2016 and 2017, Ethiopia was in fifth place on the list ranking countries by coffee production rates and values per an annual basis. Honduras remained the fifth highest coffee producer in the crop year spanning 2017 to 2018, so Honduras is officially number five on the list.

In order for coffee to grow, the environment needs to reach certain requirements, one of which is an altitude level of a certain height. In Honduras, there are geographic points within the country that are over three thousand feet taller than the necessary altitude. This gives Honduras an advantage over other coffee producing countries, which has definitely contributed to the country’s success as a coffee growing nation.

Country Coffee Production (tonnes) Population 2019
Saudi Arabia34,268,528
New Caledonia5282,750
Suriname6581,372
Fiji9889,953
Sao Tome And Principe12215,056
Samoa12197,097
Tonga16104,494
French Polynesia22279,287
Vanuatu26299,882
Martinique28375,554
Guadeloupe31400,056
Trinidad And Tobago391,394,973
Cape Verde47549,935
Benin5011,801,151
Belize80390,353
Gabon942,172,579
Comoros140850,886
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines184110,589
Dominica28771,808
Cambodia36516,486,542
Guyana401782,766
Paraguay4427,044,636
Nepal46628,608,710
Liberia5944,937,374
Zimbabwe60814,645,468
Ghana72730,417,856
Mozambique79330,366,036
Nigeria1,556200,963,599
United States2,200329,064,917
Republic Of The Congo3,1975,380,508
Puerto Rico3,8682,933,408
Equatorial Guinea4,2721,355,986
Sri Lanka5,43721,323,733
Panama5,7304,246,439
Jamaica6,2222,948,279
Cuba6,30611,333,483
Zambia6,88017,861,030
Ecuador7,56417,373,662
Malaysia8,10931,949,777
Malawi8,42018,628,747
Myanmar8,54654,045,420
Central African Republic9,3554,745,185
Burundi14,00011,530,580
Dominican Republic15,24110,738,958
Angola15,43631,825,295
Guinea17,81312,771,246
Rwanda17,82412,626,950
Togo18,4768,082,366
Yemen19,51429,161,922
Bolivia21,18111,513,100
Dr Congo29,91286,790,567
Cameroon30,98425,876,380
Thailand34,31269,625,582
Sierra Leone35,7207,813,215
El Salvador39,4606,453,553
Haiti39,53711,263,077
Kenya40,80052,573,973
Venezuela46,65028,515,829
Madagascar47,38726,969,307
Tanzania55,78958,005,463
Papua New Guinea58,8408,776,109
Philippines62,078108,116,615
Costa Rica90,3905,047,561
Ivory Coast103,51425,716,544
China115,1501,433,783,686
Nicaragua128,1116,545,502
Laos150,7957,169,455
Mexico153,794127,575,529
Uganda209,32544,269,594
Guatemala245,44117,581,472
India312,0001,366,417,754
Peru346,46632,510,453
Ethiopia471,247112,078,730
Honduras475,0429,746,117
Indonesia668,677270,625,568
Colombia754,37650,339,443
Vietnam1,542,39896,462,106
Brazil2,680,515211,049,527