Kenya produces washed Arabica coffee, mostly of the Bourbon variety, with some robusta being grown. There are four main growing regions with the main area being between Mt. Kenya and Nairobi. Production seems to be split between smallholders organised into cooperatives and the larger plantations.
Despite Kenya sharing a border with Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee, it produces a lot less. Just under 50,000,000 kilograms, which accounts for about 1% of worldwide coffee production.
This does not effect Kenya’s reputation for quality coffee though and is sought after for its complex fruit notes and rich aroma. The government run auctions which take place at the Nairobi Coffee Exchange ensures higher quality coffee sells for higher prices. This creates incentive for farmers to invest more effort into the production of quality harvests.
Find out how coffee is harvested and the hard work that the coffee farmers put into our lovely drink.
Read about what they do after the harvesting of coffee and the various processing methods.
Producing around 13 million bags (60KG) of coffee, Colombia is the third largest producer of coffee.
Not the largest producer with 0.5 million bags (60KG) but boy do they know how to grow coffee!
Guatemala produces around 3.5 million bags (60KG) each year and produces very high quality certified coffee.
The birthplace of coffee with wild coffees and a production of around 6.5 million bags (60KG).
The neighbour of Ethiopia yet with a very different flavour profile, Kenya produces under a million bags (60KG) of coffee each year.
Only about 0.25 million bags (60KG) are produced each year by Rwanda but we love Rwandan coffee.
With over 5 million bags (60KG) a year, India produces quite a bit of coffee and use the famous Monsooning processing method.
Over 6.5 million bags (60KG) are produced annually by Indonesia with some famous growing regions.