7 Amazing Coffee Destinations

by Julie on February 1, 2010

The birthplace of coffee - Ethiopia

If you’re a coffee-addict then why not combine your next trip with one of the top coffee producing countries? Skip the international chains of coffee shops and inhale the real deal at source;

1. Brazil – The world’s largest coffee producer, Brazil has an abundance of coffee plantations ranging from massive operations to small family run farms. And if you visit from July to September you can witness the harvesting taking place.
2. Ethiopia – The true birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia, holds ceremonial preparations of the much prized brew. Coffee originates in the Ethiopian province of Kaffa and half of the coffee is grown at altitudes of 5,000 feet. Combine a coffee sampling trip with a cultural adventure and that’s your next vacation sorted!
3. Colombia – The third largest coffee producer in the world is Colombia, where coffee beans are grown in the prime conditions of the foothills of the mighty Andes. Colombia is also the only South American country which has sea ports in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, which keeps transport costs in check.
4. Indonesia – Sumatra in Indonesia is the sixth largest island in the world and an important grower of arabica beans. Not only home to great coffee, there are also plenty of wildlife including orangutans and elephants and plenty of adventure tours to help you explore Indonesia.
5. Kenya – A firm favorite for safaris, Kenya is also home to probably the best high mountain coffees in the world. You can visit and witness the harvests then participate in the coffee auctions.
6. Jamaica – The famous Blue Mountains of Jamaica, peak at 7,402 feet, are shrouded in mist and have cooler temperatures, which helps earn the famous Blue Mountain coffee the accolade of most expensive coffee in the world.
7.  Mexico – Visit Mexico which is the world’s seventh biggest coffee producer and explore the key bean producing areas of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Veracruz.

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