Come to Mexico, Guatemala, Uganda
To drink and watch how coffee is made
Pruned short for production but able to grow more than 30 feet (9 meters) high, a coffee tree is covered with dark-green, waxy leaves growing opposite each other in pairs. Coffee cherries grow along the tree's branches. It takes nearly a year for a cherry to mature after the flowering of the fragrant, white blossoms.
Because it grows in a continuous cycle, it’s not unusual to see flowers, green fruit and ripe fruit simultaneously on a single tree. The trees can live as long as 20 to 30 years, and are capable of growing in a wide range of climates, as long as there is no harsh fluctuation in temperature. The trees grow best in rich soil, with mild temperatures, frequent rain and shaded sun.
Coffee produced in Mexico
In 2014, Mexico produced over 240,000,000 kilograms of coffee beans. The nation predominantly produces high quality Arabica beans and is responsible for majority of U.S. coffee imports.
Coffee produced in Guatemala
Guatemala produced 210,000 kilograms of coffee beans in 2014, and their production numbers have remained fairly consistent over the past few years. Coffee beans are most abundant in Guatemala in years where the temperature hovers between 16 and 32°C, and at altitudes between 500 and 5,000 metres above sea level.
Coffee produced in Uganda
While Uganda may not come to mind when you think of coffee production, at 240,000,000 kilograms produced in 2014, it is the Central African nation's top-earning export. The nation grows both Robusta beans – a crop native to the Kibale forest area – as well as Arabica beans from nearby Ethiopia.