Buyer’s Guide

Regions & Countries of Origins

What better place to start than where your coffee did.
Coffee, as I am sure you know, comes from all over the world. From Brazil to Burundi, and Colombia to Costa Rica — but did you know it originated in Ethiopia? Yes, that’s right, this was the only country that coffee naturally grew in, and it was first cultivated by the indigenous people of Oromia, a large zone across central and western Ethiopia. From here, it made its way to the 16th century Islamic societies of Yemen, and, after years of strict control over this world-famous commodity, it was eventually smuggled out to the Netherlands, and from there began its long journey being cultivated across the globe.
Country of Origin is often the first thing people discuss when it comes to coffee, whether it is being bought or sold, made or drunk, and there is good reason for it too. What makes the country of origin important is a very long list, and all of these are discussed elsewhere on our website in more detail, but includes things like:
• Climate
• Altitude
• Cultivars
• Soil Type
• Agricultural Trends

But the more and more we study coffee, the more we realise that ultimately, when we talk about origin, or region, what makes these unique is the trend towards the aforementioned details, like what cultivars are grown, what soil type, what climate, what altitude etcetera. Regions are a way of focusing even more on these aspects, as the smaller the area, the more precise the trends become, and the more we can learn about the coffee.

Traceability

Knowing where the coffee comes from is also a good indicator of how well the coffee was sourced, and this typically aligns with a higher quality relationship between farmers and buyers, not only ensuring fairer pay for the farmers, but also a better coffee for you! Just like the other trends, the more we focus in on this, the better it is for everyone. In the specialty coffee industry, simply knowing the country of origin is  not enough, and neither is region, or even area of the region, it is commonplace for roasteries to be well acquainted with the specific co-operatives, farms, and the farmers themselves, which you can read more about here.

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