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Top Coffee-Producing Countries

  Coffee is the delicious ambrosia that makes a person function. It is the backbone of civilization and incredibly profitable.   Coffee connects people through culture. Meeting loved ones for a steaming cup of coffee is a common practice in several countries.   Coffee helps increase productivity at the office and provides an avenue for business meetings. College students look to the Gods of caffeine to get through finals, midterms, and 10-page papers. Doctors and nurses survive long shifts with a much needed dose of brown gold.   Suffice it to say, coffee is an important cornerstone of modern life. And for this beautiful nectar, we would like to thank the top coffee-producing countries in the world.  
  1. Brazil
  Brazil produces about 2.8 million tons of coffee beans a year. Coffee plantations take up 27,000 square kilometers among the state of Parana, Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais in the southeastern part of this tropical country.   Brazil also distinguishes its coffee products by using the dry process wherein farmers dry coffee cherries in the sun instead of washing them with a wet process. Currently, Brazil is the king of coffee production for 150 years running. And you thought Brazil only had beautiful women, the Amazon rainforest and a great soccer team as its best products.  
  1. Vietnam
  Vietnam grows about 1.8 million tons of coffee a year. Vietnamese coffee is known for the unique blend of coffee and sweet condensed milk. The Vietnam War caused a break in production, but coffee growers soon went back to their former glory and even eclipsing previous production years.   In 1975, at the end of the war, Vietnam grew only 6,000 tons of coffee. Over the years, Vietnam saw a major expansion in its coffee industry. It surpassed a prominent coffee-growing country in South America for second place on our list.    
  1. Colombia
  Colombia produces about 890,000 tons of coffee a year. While Brazil and Vietnam may be the top producers, Colombia is perhaps the most famous. Colombian-style coffee is a popular favor. This may be partially due to the excellent product marketing for the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia.   Juan Valdez is just one example of some of the famous names featured in ads from this country. Unfortunately, Colombia is suffering from increasing temperatures and precipitation, possibly due to climatological conditions. Therefore, coffee production here may be jeopardized. Despite decreased coffee growing in Colombia, it’s still a contender on the world stage.
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