Attributes Of African Coffee Beans

by Angela on October 16, 2009

Many coffee connoisseurs enjoy experimenting and trying different coffees and different coffee flavors. This desire is what often leads true coffee lovers to African coffee beans. The distinct dense coffee beans of Africa have a sweet, luscious taste with a renowned aftertaste and aroma typical of certain wine selections.

Coffee plants thrive in tropical, humid environments and cannot survive colder climates. In fact, Gourmet Coffee Beans are grown and harvested in 80 tropical countries worldwide.

All coffees, including African coffee beans can only be grown and harvested within the earth’s tropical regions so coffees like Ethiopian coffee, grown in the hills of Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee, are superb coffees and among the favorites of coffee lovers worldwide. Tanzania, Yemen, and Kenya are neighboring African countries that also produce superb African coffee beans with distinct regional attributes.

African coffee beans have a distinct flavor that over the years have earned them rave reviews from coffee connoisseurs. African coffee beans are handpicked and sorted with great care given to the proper selection, handling and roasting.

Today, it is not uncommon to combine African coffee beans from different regions with other whole bean coffees to create distinct coffee blends that exhibit new and unique coffee tastes. Coffee blending has become an art form unto itself much like the blending of different leaves in cigar making or different berries in wine making.

Africans & Coffee Beans

Africa has a deep history in coffee production that goes back a millennium. The distinguished taste of African coffee beans has profusely penetrated the shelves of coffee vendors and the cupboards of coffee consumers. In Africa coffee has been traditionally used in religious ceremonies and for nomadic tribes’ food rations. Today millions of Africans work directly in the coffee industry.

Arabica and Robusta Coffee Beans

The two primary types of coffee beans available are Arabica and Robusta, both originating from Africa. Africa’s Arabica is the superior quality coffee bean grown largely in Ethiopia while the more common Robusta is grown and harvested in places like Uganda. While Robusta is a lower grade African coffee bean with more acidity, more caffeine and a harsher taste than Arabica coffee beans, Robusta coffee beans are hardier and not affected as much by the weather and pests. African Robusta beans are not necessarily more popular, but they can be more prominent than Arabica coffee beans since they are less expensive and are generally blended with other coffee bean types to create satisfyingly good tasting coffee.

African Coffee Beans from Ethiopia

Ethiopia is where coffee was first discovered, specifically in the Kaffa region where the Arabica coffee beans grew profusely. Ethiopians used coffee in their ceremonies and traditions. Coffee is grown in four of Ethiopia’s districts, with some 12 million nationals working directly or indirectly in the African coffee industry. Ethiopia is home to more than 350,000 coffee farms. In the past, Ethiopians ate the coffee beans, and even drank the fermented mixture of coffee beans.

African Coffee Beans from Kenya

Kenya is popular for producing some of the best quality coffee in the world, notably the Kenya AA. The harvested gourmet coffee beans are brought yearly to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, where the coffee beans are auctioned for the best price. Kenya coffee has a trademark tangy bitterness with a fruit or wine aftertaste. Some 6 million Kenyans are employed in the African coffee industry which is being run by cutting edge and modern facilities overseen directly by the Kenyan Government. Many of the coffee plantations are located in and around the fringes of Mount Kenya.

The African Coffee Bean Business

After petroleum, coffee is regarded as the most traded commodity in the world. According to Ugandan official reports, African coffee farmers and suppliers earn only 6 percent of coffee sales revenues to European companies. Aside from this, the coffee farmers are expected to go through and pass stringent certification processes before their coffee products like the Tanzanian Peaberry or the African Yemen are bought and traded internationally.

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