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“The Bean Belt,” an area along the equator, is known to be the main home for coffee trees. Coffee trees grow best between latitudes 25 degrees north and 30 degrees south. The Bean Belt has a soil rich in minerals and is high in temperature. These create the ideal condition for coffee trees which is where many of the natural coffees you’ll find at Flavorbean Coffee Company derive.

What can impact the flavor of the natural coffee you purchase?

Simply put, everything. Everything that comes in contact with the coffee tree can affect how the coffee tastes. From the amount of sun the plant receives to the chemistry of the soil, a coffee tree’s final product all depends on the environment from which it came. If a coffee tree is not grown at a precise altitude, it can produce a coffee that has less than satisfying taste.

Countries natural coffee is grown…

Although coffee tastes best when it is grown within The Bean Belt, there are over 50 countries which grow it around the world, some of which are inside The Bean Belt, and some of which are outside of it. Here’s a list:

North America

The United States


Natural coffee grown in Hawaii is most commonly Kona coffee. From the large island itself, Kona coffee is one of the most popular coffees found around the world and is always in high demand by consumers. On the big island, Mother Nature provides just the right environment for coffee trees to thrive. Along the slope of the active volcano Mauna Loa, young trees were planted, and the volcanic soil keeps the trees healthy with a surplus of minerals needed to grow healthily.


There are over 100,000 coffee farmers in Mexico, and Mexico is one of the top-ranked countries in the world for coffee production. Many of the natural coffee farmers are from small cities, including Oaxaca, Veracruz and Chiapas. When you taste a cup of natural Mexican brewed coffee, you’ll most likely taste a coffee that has pronounced sharpness and a wonderful depth of flavor and aroma.

Puerto Rico

In 1736, coffee was introduced to Puerto Rico. Since then, the island has become the sixth leading exporter of coffee in the world. However, because of major hurricanes, natural coffee coming from Puerto Rico has decreased significantly. Furthermore, countries near Puerto Rico, including Aruba and other Caribbean islands have started to produce their own coffee with superior cultivation. Needless to say, coffee in the area around Puerto Rico still thrives to this day.

Central America


Guatemala isn’t as well known for their coffee, but it has a distinctive taste of which many approve. It’s rich in flavor and is grown in three major regions of the country: Coban, Antigua and Huehuetenango, all of which have rugged, yet breathtaking, landscapes that are all rich in volcanic soil. The flavor and quality of the coffee that comes from Guatemala are “strictly hard beans” which means the coffee trees are grown at an altitude of 4500 feet or higher. This natural coffee has a taste that’s chocolatey and almost spicy.

Costa Rica

Wet-processes Arabic coffee is what you’ll receive from Costa Rica. The natural coffee from this country has a sharp acidity to it, including a medium body that’s often described as having a perfect balance. Costa Rican coffee is predominantly grown in finicas, or small farms where they’re immediately taken to beneficios, or processing facilities where the wet natural coffee method of processing takes place.Costa Rica’s close attention to detail plays a fine role in their reputation for memorable coffee that keeps consumers coming back for more.

South America


If you’re an avid coffee drinker, then you know all about Colombian coffee. Colombia is a top-producing coffee country and ranks as the second country in the world in yearly production. But just because the production is high doesn’t mean the quality slips through the cracks. The production and the quality stay high. The consistency you receive in each batch of this natural Colombian coffee is consistently mild and good with a very well-balanced acidity. The landscape in Colombia is rugged but perfect for growing coffee trees. However, because of the rugged landscape, transportation of the beans is a much more difficult than in other countries. Today, coffee is transported by Jeep or mule and is known as some of the highest grade of natural coffee available to consumers which offer an aromatic sweetness that’s delicate, soft and slightly acidic.


Brazil - the highest coffee producing country in the world has an endless expanse of availability for production of coffee. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of coffee plantations in Brazil, and many of the plantations cover most of the land of Brazil. Brazil is the highest producing company mostly because of its climate, altitude and soil quality which result in a high-quality and unbeatable natural coffee. A cup of Brazilian coffee is clear to the consumer with a sweet, low-acid and medium-bodied taste.

East Africa


Legend has it that Ethiopia was the first country to first discover coffee trees. And to further speculate, it’s hard not to think that Ethiopia was the first because of its dense wild coffee tree forests found nearly everywhere. Generally, the country produces wet processed coffee which grows in either Sidamo, Kaffa or Harrar. When drinking Ethiopian coffee, you’ll notice it’s bold with full flavor and a hint of down-to-earth zest.


Consumers from both the United States and Europe love the taste of Kenyan coffee. It tends to have a more fruity acidity, rich fragrance and full body flavor, and is grown in the countryside of Mount Kenya. The country of Kenya has always put a large emphasis on their coffee trees and the quality of coffee beans that come from them. Their processing and drying procedures are watched closely following a highly unique grading system

West Africa

Ivory Coast

If you love Robusta coffee, it’s time you learn where it’s grown. In the Ivory Coast of West Africa, you’ll find the world’s largest producers of this type of natural coffee which is one of the strongest, aromatic and light-bodied coffees around. It’s typically a darker roast, so they’re most often used in espresso blends of coffee.

The Arabian Peninsula


Did you know that Yemen was the very first country to commercially cultivate coffee? This age-old, century-proven process is still used today. Because the amount of annual rainfall in Yemen is scarce, the beans tend to grow much smaller than in other countries. The shape of the coffee bean is usually irregular in its shape and size. Additionally, the lack of water the coffee trees get also means that the beans will be produced using the dry process after harvest; this is what gives the coffee its rich, deep and bold tastes that are distinctive.



Being composed of thousands of small islands, this country is known for the fine quality of coffee that was first introduced to the land during the 17th century. Small farms that are around one to two acres are the most predominate in Indonesia, and most of it is dry processed.


During the mid-19th century, Vietnam was welcomed to the world of coffee production and started to grow rapidly into becoming one of the world’s most predominant coffee bean producers. Small locations take up most of the southern half of the country and generally stick to producing Robusta coffee. Additionally, it’s common for Vietnam coffee beans to be used in other coffees around the country for blending.

Other coffee-producing countries include:






El Salvador


Sierra Leone









Central African Republic






Papua New Guinea


Côte d'Ivoire






Democratic Republic of Lao


Democratic Republic of Congo




Dominican Republic




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