Coffee Producing Countries 2020

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.

Coffee Producing Countries 2020

Country Coffee Production (tonnes) Population 2020
Saudi Arabia34,813,871
New Caledonia5285,498
Suriname6586,632
Fiji9896,445
Sao Tome And Principe12219,159
Samoa12198,414
Tonga16105,695
French Polynesia22280,908
Vanuatu26307,145
Martinique28375,265
Guadeloupe31400,124
Trinidad And Tobago391,399,488
Cape Verde47555,987
Benin5012,123,200
Belize80397,628
Gabon942,225,734
Comoros140869,601
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines184110,940
Dominica28771,986
Cambodia36516,718,965
Guyana401786,552
Paraguay4427,132,538
Nepal46629,136,808
Liberia5945,057,681
Zimbabwe60814,862,924
Ghana72731,072,940
Mozambique79331,255,435
Nigeria1,556206,139,589
United States2,200331,002,651
Republic Of The Congo3,1975,518,087
Puerto Rico3,8682,860,853
Equatorial Guinea4,2721,402,985
Sri Lanka5,43721,413,249
Panama5,7304,314,767
Jamaica6,2222,961,167
Cuba6,30611,326,616
Zambia6,88018,383,955
Ecuador7,56417,643,054
Malaysia8,10932,365,999
Malawi8,42019,129,952
Myanmar8,54654,409,800
Central African Republic9,3554,829,767
Burundi14,00011,890,784
Dominican Republic15,24110,847,910
Angola15,43632,866,272
Guinea17,81313,132,795
Rwanda17,82412,952,218
Togo18,4768,278,724
Yemen19,51429,825,964
Bolivia21,18111,673,021
Dr Congo29,91289,561,403
Cameroon30,98426,545,863
Thailand34,31269,799,978
Sierra Leone35,7207,976,983
El Salvador39,4606,486,205
Haiti39,53711,402,528
Kenya40,80053,771,296
Venezuela46,65028,435,940
Madagascar47,38727,691,018
Tanzania55,78959,734,218
Papua New Guinea58,8408,947,024
Philippines62,078109,581,078
Costa Rica90,3905,094,118
Ivory Coast103,51426,378,274
China115,1501,439,323,776
Nicaragua128,1116,624,554
Laos150,7957,275,560
Mexico153,794128,932,753
Uganda209,32545,741,007
Guatemala245,44117,915,568
India312,0001,380,004,385
Peru346,46632,971,854
Ethiopia471,247114,963,588
Honduras475,0429,904,607
Indonesia668,677273,523,615
Colombia754,37650,882,891
Vietnam1,542,39897,338,579
Brazil2,680,515212,559,417