g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Natural Living
Folklore and Mythology
Distance Learning

All times in EST

Full Schedule
g Coffee Site

BellaOnline's Coffee Editor


Coffee Flavors by Region

Guest Author - Gayle E. Santana

Optimal Conditions

Great coffee starts with optimal growing conditions like rich soil, mild temperatures, frequent rain and shaded sun. While these requirements limit the regions that could possibly grow coffee, there is still a great variety of countries that do so. Some of the coffee growing regions are Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Guatemala, Hawaii, Indonesia, New Guinea, Jamaica and Yemen.

According to the Coffee Research Organization, about 80% of the coffee produced is Arabica and about 20% is Robusta. Robusta coffee beans are more robust than the Arabica plants, but produce an inferior tasting beverage with a higher caffeine content. Arabica beans need rainy and dry seasons that are well defined, and altitude must be between 1800-3600 feet. Robusta beans are much more tolerant to warm conditions than Arabica coffee.

The Experts

Does each country's coffee have distinctly identifiable characteristics? Let’s see how the experts weigh in here.

In the book, “Coffee: The Essential Guide for the Essential Bean,” Catherine Calvert says, “Though coffees from the same geographical area might share certain characteristics, each country, and each region within the country, tends to product its own distinctive bean.” ( Coffee--The Essential Guide to the Essential Bean by Catherine Calvert )

In “The Colors of Dessert,” Scott McMartin, Starbucks’ Director of Coffee and Tea Education, speaks about the differences in regions as follows:

“Latin America-calls these coffees incredibly versatile--“from the sturdy elegance and pronounced acidity of Central American Coffees, to the well-balanced coffee flavors of South America. Coffees from the Asia Pacific region vary widely and can be full-bodied, exotic and aromas and depth found in Papua New Guinea coffees. By contrast, coffees from the Africa/Arabia region are surprising and unique because of their non-coffee characteristics and wine-like qualities—including citrus fruits, berries and lavender.”

Texas Coffee Traders says, “Ethiopian Coffees have a rich, wild, winey character. Moka is actually a port in Yemen. Moka Harrar is the real mocha flavor which is now confused with chocolate. Indonesian coffees have a full-bodied, heavier earthiness best represented by the Sumatran coffees--Real gutsy and smooth in the darker roasts. Central and South American coffees are light and mild in character, having a pleasant flavor and aroma recognized by most people. African coffees tend to have a sharp, winey character similar to Ethiopians. Kenya best represents the true African coffee taste.”

Coffee is a very complex beverage with so many factors weighing in on each coffee's flavor profile. While every expert has their own opinion about the many characteristics of coffee, Marcela Zuchovic from Jalima Coffee says it all. While guiding and teaching us what the professionals are looking for when cupping, she made it clear that everyone’s experience with a coffee is personal and in the end, it is all about what you love. I agree.

This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Coffee+Flavors+by+Region to Twitter Add Coffee+Flavors+by+Region to Facebook Add Coffee+Flavors+by+Region to MySpace Add Coffee+Flavors+by+Region to Digg Coffee+Flavors+by+Region Add Coffee+Flavors+by+Region to Yahoo My Web Add Coffee+Flavors+by+Region to Google Bookmarks Add Coffee+Flavors+by+Region to Stumbleupon Add Coffee+Flavors+by+Region to Reddit

Coffee and Tea Festival 2009
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Coffee Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2018 by Gayle E. Santana. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Gayle E. Santana. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.


g features
Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Note: BellaOnline uses cookies to help provide a consistent user experience. Our advertisers may use cookies to help customize ads. Please contact us with any question about our cookie use.

Summertime Foods
Corn on the Cob
Burgers on the Grill
Apple Pie


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2018 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor