The world really loves its South American coffee. As the leading coffee producing continent, South America is responsible for most of the coffee consumed globally. With the ideal growing climate and proximity to the massive United States market, Latin American coffee growers continue to dominate.
Equiano Coffee roasts high-quality beans from South America and around the world right here in Eugene, OR. Our commitment to the farmers and our customers allows us to create delicious roasts for you to enjoy. Shop online or join us in the tasting room if you’re in town.
The Perfect Growing Conditions
The hot and humid climate in Central and South America is ideal for growing coffee. And since many Latin American countries are also mountainous, Arabica beans grow well. This excellent coffee plant requires higher altitudes than its more adaptable Robusta counterpart, so the mountains are just right. Many countries, such as Brazil, have the topography to grow both.
An Eager Market
Ironically, even though South America exports more coffee than any other region, its residents don’t consume a great deal of coffee. With the exception of Brazil, coffee isn’t that popular in Latin America.
However, with the United States so close, South American coffee has a ready-made market that can’t get enough of the drink. Americans indulge in about 400 million cups of coffee daily, giving the US the title of the world’s top coffee consumer.
But Americans aren’t the only ones who can’t get enough Latin American coffee. Globally, coffee is the second-most-consumed beverage, just after water. And much of that comes from Brazil and other South American countries.
A Look at South American Coffee
Any coffee lover is sure to enjoy the smooth, mellow taste of Latin American coffee. Here are some of the highlights from the continent.
Without a doubt, Brazil is the heavy-hitter when it comes to South American coffee production and exports. This nation grows about a third of the world’s coffee beans. Many espresso blends rely on Brazilian coffee for its smooth flavor and feel.
Coffee beans from Brazil tend to have low acidity, adding to their popularity. They generally have taste notes of chocolate, spices, and nuts, but varietals from the highest elevations have citrus notes, as well.
Beans from Colombia are generally medium-bodied and smooth. Colombian coffee is a popular morning brew for many people. The sweet citrusy flavors and chocolatey aroma make for the perfect wake-up call.
Colombian coffees are prevalent in supermarkets, but avoid these options since it is likely they have been sitting for weeks or months. Buying directly from a local roaster is the best way to ensure you get high-quality, fresh beans.
Peru has begun to carve out a niche for itself in the specialty coffee market. In particular, Peruvian coffee has become an excellent option for consumers looking for organic and fair-trade beans.
The high altitude beans have a medium body and bright acidity. Sweet floral notes make for a delicious cup of coffee.
This country at the northern end of South America produces coffee mostly for its own consumption. But since they account for about 1% of the world’s coffee supply, you might be able to find some Venezuelan coffee from a roaster.
Before it became a major petroleum producer, Venezuela rivaled Colombia for coffee production. But the beans went to the back burner of Venezuela’s economy once oil was on the scene.
Most Venezuelan beans are of the Maracaibos variety, named after the port through which they travel. They tend to offer a sweet flavor with balanced acidity.
Yes, Guatemala is actually Central American, not South American. But the coffee from Guatemala deserves mention here. With rich notes of cocoa and citrus, Guatemalan coffee is a treat.
In particular, the Antigua region of Guatemala produces beans with a smooth velvety feel. The climate and volcanic soil create a high-quality coffee bean.
Taste for Yourself
If you’d like to try a variety of South American coffee options, Equiano Coffee has you covered. Whether you shop online or visit our tasting room, you will find plenty of delicious roasts from Central and South America.
By working with excellent, reputable farmers, we can offer you the highest quality specialty coffee in town. Stop in for a taste or order from the comfort of your home. Either way, you’ll be enjoying an incredible cup in no time.