In the same way that the one grape sprouts a diversity of flavours and textures in wine, each coffee species invites limitless potential for delicious cups of joe. Of course, a lot of the variation between each pour is largely attributed to the processing methods employed from field to bag, and the brewing methods used to extract that coffee goodness thereafter. However, the region the beans come from also imparts a distinct mark on the end-result. Like wine, coffee is largely affected by its originating region’s soil, terrain, and climate - its terroir.
For expert insight into some of the world’s best coffee-growing regions, we spoke to Philippine Coffee Board president and co-chairperson Pacita ‘Chit’ Juan, and Robert Francisco, the board’s executive director and managing director of UCC Coffee Academy Philippines.
First off, interestingly, Juan points out that when talking about 'coffee regions' we need to understand that "this usually means with respect to coffee producing, and not coffee consuming". Read on to learn about the world's highly regarded coffee regions and find out where you should be buying your beans from:
For Francisco, the beans from Africa continue to be some of the world’s most superior as the continent boasts “heirloom varieties and the best coffee”.