The largest coffee producer in Africa
Globally, more than 70 countries produce coffee, but the majority of global production comes from the five largest producers, Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia, Indonesia and Ethiopia.
According to the International Coffee Organization, a total of 169.6 million 60 kg bags of coffee were produced in 2020. The ten largest coffee-producing countries accounted for 87% of the commodity’s total production.
Currently, coffee is the third most consumed beverage globally, after water and tea. That makes coffee beans in demand in many parts of the world, and the top producing countries produce just enough coffee beans to find their way into the hands of eager consumers.
Here is a list of the five largest coffee-producing countries in Africa.
7.3 million (60 kg bags) 2020
Known for its full-flavored, earthy and rich coffee beans, Ethiopia is the country that gave us the Arabica coffee plant. Today, this type of coffee is considered the most popular in cafes and restaurants worldwide.
5.6 million (60 kg sacks)
Uganda’s name is indelibly written in the history of coffee for a special reason: the country gave Robusta Coffee to the world. Most of the world’s instant coffee is made from Robusta, and the beans from Uganda are said to be some of the finest.
The East African nation is the eighth largest coffee grower globally and Africa’s second largest after Ethiopia.
3. coastal ivory
1.8 million (60 kg sacks)
The beans from IvoryCoast are considered bitter and coarse, yet so flavorful. According to the African Coffee Club, French colonizers are credited with bringing coffee to the Ivory Coast in the 19th century. During World War II, the country increased its coffee production from 36 000 tons in 1945 to 112 500 tons in 1958. After its independence in 1960, coffee production peaked in the 1970s when the country became Africa’s third largest producer.
Several studies and research missions have also found wild coffee species growing off the coast of Côte d’Ivoire.
0.9 million (60 kg sacks)
According to the African Coffee Club, Tanzanian coffee is often considered for its medium roasted flavor that gives off an aroma with floral notes along with hints of citrus, pineapple and coconut flavors. The aroma of a Tanzania coffee can show a rustic tone and sometimes a sweetness of brown bread. The finish lingers with a slight hint of East African wildness.
0.7 million (60 kg sacks)
Kenyan coffee is often listed among the top five coffees globally thanks to its rich body, high acidity, intense flavor and delightful aroma. Known for its complex levels of acidity and berry undertones, it contains blackcurrants – a flavor distinct from Kenyan beans.
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