Indonesia is also known for its fine aged coffees. Traditionally, these were coffees held over a period of time by farmers who wanted to sell them at higher prices. Warehousing, it was found, gently aged the coffee in Indonesia’s warm, damp climate and resulted in an coffee prized for even deeper body and less acidity. It is a process which cannot been matched by technology.
Coffee trees produce their best beans when grown at high altitudes in a tropical climate where there is rich soil. Such conditions are found around the world in locations along the Equatorial zone, between latitudes 25 degrees North and 30 degrees South.
Besides location, other factors affect the quality and flavor of coffee. These include the variety of the plant, the chemistry of the soil in which it is grown, the weather, particularly the amount of rainfall and sunshine, and the precise altitude at which the coffee grows. Such variables — combined with the way the cherries are processed after being picked — contribute to the distinctions between coffees from countries, growing regions and plantations worldwide. The combination of factors is so complex, that even from a single plantation one finds variation in quality and taste.
Coffee is grown in more than 50 countries around the world. Here are just a few:
North America & The Caribbean
- Hawaii – http://multiculturalcookingnetwork.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=2253:hawaii-kona-coffee&Itemid=5
- Mexico – Try spiking with Mezcal, pair dark chocolate too.
- Puerto Rico
- Guatemala – http://multiculturalcookingnetwork.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=2255:about-guatemala’s-coffee
- Costa Rica
- Honduras- If you typically don’t drink coffee black, this this is the coffee to change that.
African & Middle East
- Ivory Coast