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
Brazil2,680,515212,559,417
Vietnam1,542,39897,338,579
Colombia754,37650,882,891
Indonesia668,677273,523,615
Honduras475,0429,904,607
Ethiopia471,247114,963,588
Peru346,46632,971,854
India312,0001,380,004,385
Guatemala245,44117,915,568
Uganda209,32545,741,007
Mexico153,794128,932,753
Laos150,7957,275,560
Nicaragua128,1116,624,554
China115,1501,439,323,776
Ivory Coast103,51426,378,274
Costa Rica90,3905,094,118
Philippines62,078109,581,078
Papua New Guinea58,8408,947,024
Tanzania55,78959,734,218
Madagascar47,38727,691,018
Venezuela46,65028,435,940
Kenya40,80053,771,296
Haiti39,53711,402,528
El Salvador39,4606,486,205
Sierra Leone35,7207,976,983
Thailand34,31269,799,978
Cameroon30,98426,545,863
Dr Congo29,91289,561,403
Bolivia21,18111,673,021
Yemen19,51429,825,964
Togo18,4768,278,724
Rwanda17,82412,952,218
Guinea17,81313,132,795
Angola15,43632,866,272
Dominican Republic15,24110,847,910
Burundi14,00011,890,784
Timor Leste10,8271,318,445
Central African Republic9,3554,829,767
Myanmar8,54654,409,800
Malawi8,42019,129,952
Malaysia8,10932,365,999
Ecuador7,56417,643,054
Zambia6,88018,383,955
Cuba6,30611,326,616
Jamaica6,2222,961,167
Panama5,7304,314,767
Sri Lanka5,43721,413,249
Equatorial Guinea4,2721,402,985
Puerto Rico3,8682,860,853
Republic Of The Congo3,1975,518,087
United States2,200331,002,651
Nigeria1,556206,139,589
Mozambique79331,255,435
Ghana72731,072,940
Zimbabwe60814,862,924
Liberia5945,057,681
Nepal46629,136,808
Paraguay4427,132,538
Guyana401786,552
Cambodia36516,718,965
Dominica28771,986
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines184110,940
Comoros140869,601
Gabon942,225,734
Belize80397,628
Benin5012,123,200
Cape Verde47555,987
Trinidad And Tobago391,399,488
Guadeloupe31400,124
Martinique28375,265
Vanuatu26307,145
French Polynesia22280,908
Tonga16105,695
Samoa12198,414
Sao Tome And Principe12219,159
Fiji9896,445
Suriname6586,632
New Caledonia5285,498
Saudi Arabia34,813,871