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Coffee is the Universal drink that practically keeps the World Running and Africa is the home and discovers of coffee centuries ago in the ancient Hills of Ethiopia. Here is a list of the top 10 countries in Africa that produce the best coffee in the world.

 

1 Ethiopia

384,000 Metric Tons

Ethiopia is the home, inventors, and discoverers of coffee and where the coffee. Coffee is very important to the economy of the country with around 60% of foreign income coming from coffee alone with an estimated 15 million Ethiopians relying on industry. Ethiopia is the world’s fifth-largest producer of coffee because Half of the coffee is consumed by Ethiopians. Coffee in Ethiopia is grown mainly in Sidamo, Genika and  Harar regions.

 

2 Uganda

288,000 Metric Tons 

Uganda’s Robusta coffee is very superior and is now being used as a benchmark for coffee from other countries. Uganda grows two types of coffee, Robusta, and Arabica. Coffee is mainly grown by smallholder farmers. Arabica coffee is grown in the mountainous areas of Uganda like Mount Elgon while the West Nile while Robusta coffee is grown in areas around Lake Victoria. 

 

3 Ivory Coast

108,000 Metric Tons

This country was once Africas and the world’s largest coffee producer in the 1980s but today it ranks 14th. The Ivory Coast coffee is mainly Robusta and is characterized by a bitter and acidic flavor owing to the bean’s high level of acidity.  Arabica is on the other way a sweet and high-end Ivorian bean with touches of the Robusta strong flavor coupled with the floral taste.

 

4 Kenya

49,980 Metric Tons

About 70% of Kenyan coffee is produced by small- scale holders and it is estimated that six million Kenyans are employed directly or indirectly in the coffee industry. Coffee from Kenya is of the blended and mixed variety and is well known for its unique intense flavor, full-body, and pleasant aroma with notes of cocoa.

 

5 Tanzania

48,000 Metric Tons

Coffee was introduced into the Tanzanian region from modern-day Ethiopia in the 16th century but now Tanzanian coffee production averages between 30-40,000 metric tons annually of which approximately 70% is Arabica and 30% is Robusta. Two new species were recently discovered in Tanzania’s the Eastern Arc Mountains, Coffea bridsoniae and C. kihansiensis.

 

6 Cameroon

34,200 Metric Tons

Coffee farming in Cameroon dates to 1884. It is grown extensively in the country, with robusta more prevalent in the coastal areas and arabica more widespread in the western highlands. Robusta, which is a more dominant crop of the country, is grown in middle elevations in the western region and arabica in the high plateau areas.

 

7 Madagascar

31,200 Metric Tons

In Madagascar, coffee is a national obsession and a big part of daily life. At its heart are the street vendors who dedicate their lives to the process from bean to cup. 80% of the natural species are unique to the country.  This includes wild coffee that is drunk locally, but most of the coffee consumed here is Arabica or Robusta.

 

8 Gabon

30,000 Metric Tons

The tropical humid climate and fertile volcanic soils are ideal for coffee cultivation in this central African country and even allows for 2 coffee crops per year. The coffee grown is mainly for export and together with cocoa is one of the most important resources of Gabon.

 

9 Rwanda

15,000 Metric Tons

In the last two decades, Rwanda has grown into one of the top thirty largest coffee-growing countries in the world. Of all these farms, 95% have coffee plants that are not Arabica variety but of the highest quality Rwanda bourbon coffee variety.

 

10. Burundi

12,000 Metric Tons

Coffee cultivation in Burundi began in the 1930s. Today more than 800,000 Burundi families involved in coffee growing. There are small quantities of Robusta produced, but the majority is Arabica.