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What’s the first thing you like to do when you wake up in the morning? For many of us, our morning routines encompass making the bed, showering, and getting ready for work, all while drinking a nice cup of coffee.
This drink gives us the energy we need in the morning and pairs well with just about anything you want to eat for breakfast. It is also versatile, as you can prepare it in many ways with various ingredients and flavors.
But have you stopped to think about the origin of some of your favorite blends? Odds are, your coffee is made somewhere in Latin America.
Here are some things you probably didn’t know about Latin American coffee.
Most of the coffee consumed in the world is produced in Latin America
Coffee is a staple in many households worldwide. No matter how you like to prepare it – with cream, sugar, or just plain black coffee – this drink is almost everywhere.
Now, you may know it is also popular in Latin America, as we are always talking about having our tinto, cortadito, or cafecito con leche, but did you know that most of the beans consumed in the world are produced in Latin America?
Latin America boasts a suitable environment for beans to grow, with its “mix of tall mountains and humid rainforests.” Its year-round climate allows for some of the world’s best coffee.
There are also other regions with incredible products besides Colombia
Many people associate Colombia with its coffee. One look down the aisle at your local supermarket, and you will see plenty of bags marketed as Colombian blends and varieties.
Colombia has also been on the map for its 100% arabica beans, thanks partly to the Eje Cafetero, Colombia’s staple region.
However, Brazil actually produces more beans than its Colombian neighbors. Also, Colombia has Arabica beans, whereas Brazilian coffee is made not only from Arabica beans but also from Robusta coffee beans. Those who love the taste of stronger coffee would love a cup brewed from Robusta beans.
Latin American beans originated in the Caribbean
The first reported crops date back to the 15th century in Africa. The bean was brought to the Latin American region 300 years later, with its first crops being traced to the Caribbean.
It was only after one century that Brazil became the largest producer and has held its place since then. Without the Caribbean, Latin American coffee would not be as widespread as it is today.