Which country produces the most coffee beans each year, providing more than a third of the world's coffee supply?
And the answer: Brazil.
For over 150 years, Brazil has been the world's highest producer of coffee beans, as the climate and environment provide ideal growing conditions. When it comes to consumption, people in Finland and Sweden drink more coffee per person each year than any other country.
As the third most consumed drink in the world, coffee is in high demand. The bean is grown, produced and exported in over 50 countries across the globe. Some 25 million smallholder farms produce about 80% of the world's coffee, while over 125 million people around the globe depend on its production for their livelihoods. After crude oil, coffee is the most sought commodity in the world, with a worth clocking in at just over $100 billion worldwide.
In places like Brazil, the temperate conditions and humid climate are perfect for coffee growing. After the introduction of the crop in the mid 16th century, the coffee industry took off. In fact, it is said that the global demand for coffee was responsible for much of the modern economic expansion that occurred in Brazil. From 2017-18, Brazil alone produced over 51 million bags of beans.
To learn more about the history and worldwide influence of this beloved drink, check out the TEDx talk below.