Coffee Bean Growing Belt? What and where is it?

A map of the world's coffee belt.
A map of the world’s coffee belt.

The Coffee Bean Growing Belt spans right across the Equator line. Where the sea gives way to land you will find a coffee bean maturing.

As you can see from the map above, you can discover the coffee bean bean growing belt reaches out northwards to the Tropic of Cancer and downwards to the south to the Tropic of Capricorn.

The list of countries that make up the community of the coffee bean growing belt is vast. Just pause for a moment and picturew all those faceless individuals and their families who grow and harvest one of the top commodities in the world. I think you will agree with me, it’s impressive. Between them, they employ a workforce of over 5 million people and produce millions of kilograms of coffee beans every year.

Below is a list of the Top Countries producing Coffee Beans in Tonnes within the Coffee bean Belt.

South America
African Continent.Asian
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Trinidad &
Tobago      (720)
Ethiopia.      (384,000)
Uganda       (228,000)
Ivory Coast
of the Congo
Central African
Sierra Leone
Zimbabwe  (600)
Liberia        (360)
1. Vietnam
2. Indonesia  
3. India.
4. China
5. Papua New Guinea
6. Laos
7. Thailand
8. Philippines    
9. Timor Leste     

The table shows the Top and bottom 2 coffee bean producers in tonnage per continent.

Oil is the top trading commodity, followed closely by the coffee bean which can easily fill half a trillion cups of our favourite beverage per year.

It is easy to forget or maybe you may not know that coffee beans when decaffeinated provide caffeine for soft drinks such as Cola, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Now let’s take a look at where the coffee bean growing belt Coffee Connoisseurs predominantly live.

Cups of various coffees
Various cups of coffee to suit many tastes.

With all the giant coffee and food brands on the high streets, shopping centres sporting venues, no wonder coffee has become a significant beverage no matter where we live in the world.

The amazing thing about the coffee bean growing belt is its globally reaching market place.

Because there are 195 countries in the world and nearly all consume coffee from the coffee bean belt. We thought it would be fun to list the Top 10 Seasoned Coffee Connoisseurs by country.

At Number Ten Canada.

Brearthtaking Canada.

With a population of 33 million and a climate of long freezing winters, frequently prevents them from popping out to their local cafe to socialise over a brew. Consequently, the only option is to drink their favourite coffee beverage at home.

At the same time, the Canadians who live in the cities have an abundance of Coffee chains and artisanal cafes to meet their needs. Coffee is considered the most commonly consumed beverage the length and breadth of Canada.

One step up at Number Nine Luxembourg.

The beautifully ruffled flag of Luxembourg
The beautifully ruffled flag of Luxembourg

Much smaller than Canada but per head consumes the same as our Mountie friends.

The good people of Luxembourg love their coffee bean, they even have their own espresso drink known as “Russian Milk.” It is as close to a latte as you can get. It originated from France and is often served with a dessert.

Blazing out in front at Number Eight – Belgium.

A typical sunny day alongside the river Ghent.
A typical sunny day alongside the river Ghent.

Belgium has long been recognized as having an advantage steeped in their history of once being a colonial power in many areas of Africa. With coffee beans being harvested in Rwanda and the Congo.

It was easy to supply the thirsty Flemish (Dutch-speaking Belgians) and Walloons (French-speaking Belgians.)

The Belgians love mixing their coffee bean beverages with chocolate and waffles.

Lucky for some number Seven – Switzerland.

A cup of coffee from Switzerland
A cup of coffee from Switzerland

These robust Swedes definitely love their coffee and socializing with their famous “Caffe Crema.” They are known for drinking a mouthwatering five cups of coffee per day and they do not come cheap either. Some of the most expensive cups of coffee can be found here in Switzerland.

Let’s take a look at who is number six – Sweden.

Building and bicycle in Stockholm.
Buildings and bicycle in Stockholm.

Have you ever visited Sweden? If you have, you would bound to have sampled their coffee, pastries and cookies. Drinking coffee is a way of life for the Swedes. They call it “Fika” when translated means “To have Coffee” and under this premise, any reason will do. Take it from me these guys are definitely serious coffee consumers.

We are halfway, and already you see the success the coffee bean growing belt has had on millions of people.

One of my favourite countries comes in at Number five – Holland.

A possible coffee drinker ona bridge in Amsterdam.
A possible coffee drinker ona bridge in Amsterdam.

Whenever, I think of Holland, I think of two things. Amsterdam and its nightlife and Max Bygraves who had a 1958 romantic hit called “Tulips from Amsterdam.”

I lived near Masstricht for a couple of years, and the coffee there is generally served with homemade cookies and cakes such as a pie.

I remember Marijuana arriving at the same time as I was there. But I was a coward and stayed clear. Nothing was going to ruin my experience of continental style coffee.

Skiing in at Number Four – Denmark.

Scenic copenhagen.
Scenic Copenhagen.

Like Switzerland coffee in Denmark will set you back. A typical price of a cup of coffee is ranked at the 6th highest in the world. But don’t let that put you off.

Drink a coffee with a handful of Danish cookies and one or two of their elegantly made sandwiches.

We have reached the Top Three and I bet you were expecting France, Germany, Italy, The USA and the UK to be fighting for one of these three places. When I asked my friends from the coffee bean belt area of Colombia, they too had no idea.

Coming in with the well-earned “Bronze – Number Three” position – Iceland.

The famous aurora Borealis above Iceland.
The famous aurora Borealis above Iceland.

IOur friends, you know the one’s who knocked us out of the world cup and deservedly so are listed listed as drinking per head 5.2 cups of coffee every month.

Wow, I beat them I drink a cup every day. Still, these impressive Icelanders consume over 9 kg of coffee per capita every year.

Well lets face it, they do need to keep warm. I have another question for them, apparently they consume a vast amount of sugar too. Do they put it all in their coffee?

Silver Medal goes to Number two – Norway.

Norwegian coffee bean connoisseurs like to drink their early morning Kaffe black. Later in the evening after dinner, they enjoy again their favourite beverage with dessert.

Socialising with family and friends is the norm, and Kaffe, pastries and cakes tops the menu in most Norwegian homes.

I was told turn left and the cafe would be on my right.
I was told turn left and the cafe would be on my right.

The next time you are visiting Norway, head into the rural areas and sample their mouthwatering “Karsk” – coffee and vodka!

Norwegian capital of Oslo.

Finally, let me reveal the champion for the coffee bean growing belt. The country who per head drinks more of the delicious dark brown nectar than all others.

Number One Gold Medal of Seasoned Coffee Connoisseurs goes to Finland

A correlation between living in cold climates and drinking a cup of coffee to keep you warm is clearly displayed with our worthy winners from Finland. These guys and girls drink coffee every day and all day.

Finnish Khavi.

Finnish “Khavi” can be found everywhere including all working break times. Like many countries, the churches celebrate and provide a buffet of various bread, cookies, cakes and cold sandwiches. Topped up with lashings of piping hot “Khavi.”

Should you be fortunate to be invited into a Finnish home, apart from the warm Nordic welcome you will receive pots of coffee. None will be decaffeinated as the Finns are not into this style of coffee.

It is definitely amazing for such a country who could never grow their own coffee should be the number one consumer of the coffee bean growing belt’s mouthwatering beverage. Their excuse is simple – “It suits all our customs, rituals and superstitions.”

Now, I may have the answer to why I drink so much coffee, maybe I have part Finn and part Colombian, and somewhere in my ancestral lifeline there is someone called Mikko Carlos.

Helsinki Capital of Finland.

What happened, did you forget the favourite coffee contenders?

No, I was surprised as you. They were in the top 25 of coffee countries but today we were covering the almighty top 10. For the record here are the positions that Italy, Brazil, Germany, France and The USA can proudly display:

  • Italy – 13th         (Personally, their way of making cappuccino takes some beating.)
  • Brazil – 14th      (Shock for me as they are the kings of production levels.)
  • Germany -16th (Yes, I do love their coffee, but their version of chocolate and Apple Strudel in the Winter months is still my favourite.)
  • France – 18th    (Knock-out by this result, I grew up, with the belief us Brits, were a nation of Tea guzzlers and France was the home of coffee guzzlers. But then I was forgetting the Vino.)
  • The USA – 25th  (Every time I have visited I have found coffee establishments everywhere. With such a diverse culture you can find every style of coffee available.)

What happened to my tea guzzling British counterparts?

Sadly, we did not make it into the top 25 coffee consuming nations. But we did make into the top 50 at 45th. That will change.

Head to London and see the trade that all the cafes are enjoying. Back in 2008 according to the British Coffee Association (BCA) we Brits were consuming 70 million cups of coffee per day.

Fast forward 10-years, and we are up a whopping 25 million more to an impressive 95 million per day. Soon we will be a top ranked Nation of Seasoned coffee Connoisseurs.

In the Coffee bean growing belt essence…..

Those 5 million hardworking and dedicated workers in the Coffee Bean Growing Belt are the source of the enjoyment for the 300 million or more seasoned coffee connoisseurs around the world.

Putting it another way, over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are drunk every day around our industrialised economies. Supplied by over 90% of our developing countries. The vast majority situated in the continent of South America.

In the final analysis, will this relationship ever end?

I think we all know the answer to that. “No, fancy a coffee?”

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Would you like to read more?  You can find previously published blogs and articles listed below.

What is Coffee?

The Incredible History of Coffee?

Caffeine and Coffee.

We had such fun creating this article on the subject of The coffee bean growers belt. To see how coffee has had such an impact on the world is a joy to behold.

Watch out, coming soon for all you readers:

What is the history of Colombian Coffee? Why is it so famous?

What are the 10 top benefits to drinking coffee?

Mike’s Bio.

Mike Bowley is an Indoor Coffee Houseplant & Colombian Giftware Importer, SEO Content Writer, Baby Boomer, and published Author. He thrives on creating alliances with UK based Artisanal Cafe Owners and the UK Based Garden Centers with artisanal product makers in Colombia.

He enjoys helping “Newbie” website owners & fellow Baby Boomer Online Entrepreneurs to getting their organic and relevant content onto web pages and mobiles.

Mike has spent over 50 years in sales and marketing, and now shares his life and work between the UK and Colombia. He is also a regular writer on both Viviamaridi and WattPad.

Visit his author’s website here: mikebowley.com.

March 2019

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