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.

Rank Flag Name Population 2019 Area Area (mi²) % of Earth's Area Growth Rate Region Subregion
1China1,433,783,6869,706,961 km²3,746,887 mi²6.54%0.43%AsiaEastern Asia
2India1,366,417,7543,287,590 km²1,269,010 mi²2.21%1.02%AsiaSouthern Asia
3Indonesia270,625,5681,904,569 km²735,164 mi²1.28%1.10%AsiaSouth-Eastern Asia
4Brazil211,049,5278,515,767 km²3,287,086 mi²5.74%0.75%AmericasSouth America
5Nigeria200,963,599923,768 km²356,574 mi²0.62%2.60%AfricaWestern Africa
6Mexico127,575,5291,964,375 km²758,249 mi²1.32%1.10%AmericasCentral America
7Ethiopia112,078,7301,104,300 km²426,260 mi²0.74%2.61%AfricaEastern Africa
8Vietnam96,462,106331,212 km²127,848 mi²0.22%0.96%AsiaSouth-Eastern Asia
9Thailand69,625,582513,120 km²198,064 mi²0.35%0.28%AsiaSouth-Eastern Asia
10Tanzania58,005,463945,087 km²364,804 mi²0.64%3.00%AfricaEastern Africa
11Kenya52,573,973580,367 km²224,022 mi²0.39%2.30%AfricaEastern Africa
12Colombia50,339,4431,141,748 km²440,715 mi²0.77%1.37%AmericasSouth America
13Uganda44,269,594241,550 km²93,238 mi²0.16%3.61%AfricaEastern Africa
14Peru32,510,4531,285,216 km²496,093 mi²0.87%1.63%AmericasSouth America
15Angola31,825,2951,246,700 km²481,226 mi²0.84%3.30%AfricaMiddle Africa
16Ghana30,417,856238,533 km²92,074 mi²0.16%2.19%AfricaWestern Africa
17Yemen29,161,922527,968 km²203,796 mi²0.36%2.33%AsiaWestern Asia
18Venezuela28,515,829916,445 km²353,748 mi²0.62%-1.29%AmericasSouth America
19Madagascar26,969,307587,041 km²226,598 mi²0.40%2.69%AfricaEastern Africa
20Cameroon25,876,380475,442 km²183,521 mi²0.32%2.62%AfricaMiddle Africa
21Ivory Coast25,716,544322,463 km²124,471 mi²0.22%2.58%AfricaWestern Africa
22Malawi18,628,747118,484 km²45,735 mi²< 0.1%2.68%AfricaEastern Africa
23Guatemala17,581,472108,889 km²42,031 mi²< 0.1%1.93%AmericasCentral America
24Ecuador17,373,662276,841 km²106,861 mi²0.19%1.69%AmericasSouth America
25Zimbabwe14,645,468390,757 km²150,832 mi²0.26%1.43%AfricaEastern Africa
26Guinea12,771,246245,857 km²94,901 mi²0.17%2.88%AfricaWestern Africa
27Rwanda12,626,95026,338 km²10,166 mi²< 0.1%2.64%AfricaEastern Africa
28Burundi11,530,58027,834 km²10,744 mi²< 0.1%3.18%AfricaEastern Africa
29Bolivia11,513,1001,098,581 km²424,052 mi²0.74%1.41%AmericasSouth America
30Cuba11,333,483109,884 km²42,415 mi²< 0.1%-0.04%AmericasCaribbean
31Haiti11,263,07727,750 km²10,712 mi²< 0.1%1.26%AmericasCaribbean
32Honduras9,746,117112,492 km²43,422 mi²< 0.1%1.65%AmericasCentral America
33Papua New Guinea8,776,109462,840 km²178,656 mi²0.31%1.97%OceaniaMelanesia
34Togo8,082,36656,785 km²21,919 mi²< 0.1%2.45%AfricaWestern Africa
35Sierra Leone7,813,21571,740 km²27,692 mi²< 0.1%2.13%AfricaWestern Africa
36Laos7,169,455236,800 km²91,405 mi²0.16%1.53%AsiaSouth-Eastern Asia
37Paraguay7,044,636406,752 km²157,006 mi²0.27%1.27%AmericasSouth America
38Nicaragua6,545,502130,373 km²50,324 mi²< 0.1%1.24%AmericasCentral America
39El Salvador6,453,55321,041 km²8,122 mi²< 0.1%0.51%AmericasCentral America
40Costa Rica5,047,56151,100 km²19,725 mi²< 0.1%0.96%AmericasCentral America
41Liberia4,937,374111,369 km²42,988 mi²< 0.1%2.46%AfricaWestern Africa
42Panama4,246,43975,417 km²29,111 mi²< 0.1%1.67%AmericasCentral America
43Jamaica2,948,27910,991 km²4,243 mi²< 0.1%0.46%AmericasCaribbean
44Gabon2,172,579267,668 km²103,320 mi²0.18%2.52%AfricaMiddle Africa
45Trinidad And Tobago1,394,9735,130 km²1,980 mi²< 0.1%0.37%AmericasCaribbean