We’ve talked about the incredible journey that coffee beans go on as they travel from tree to cup. It’s a long and impressive journey for these little beans to go through; but to understand the full circle of the coffee bean journey, it’s important to ask ourselves, where the heck does the coffee bean come from? The answer is a seemingly magical place that spans the globe and produces endless amounts of coffee, safely tucked between the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer. This coffee-packed region is famously known by all coffee lovers as “the Bean Belt”.
The Bean Belt was located between the Tropic of Cancer (the northern boundary of the tropics) and the Tropic of Capricorn (the southern boundary of the tropics). More specifically, this region full of fantastic coffee is composed of countries within South America, Central America, Africa, Arabia, Southern Asia, and the tropical Pacific Islands.
Coffee loves growing in the Bean Belt for one reason, and one reason only: the climate promotes the best environment for healthy coffee trees. For coffee trees, the opportunity to grow in the Bean Belt is like winning a lifetime of VIP treatment on a game show, primarily because the climate in this region brings moderately sunny days, sufficient amounts of rain, and year-round temperatures between 70° and 85° F. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?
When we say most coffee comes from the bean belt, we mean the good stuff. Although the caffeine bean can grow in other regions around the world, the Bean Belt is famous for growing the best coffee in the world. Thankfully, the bean belt provides thousands of varieties of our favorite caffeinated beverage so we can keep satisfying our taste buds with all kinds of roasted beans. These beans are a result of different elevations, soil types, seeds, and more.
The fact that coffee thrives in the green belt isn’t only awesome for the happy coffee trees that live there, it’s also a primary source of economic income for the countries and people that call the Bean Belt home. In fact, the amount of coffee that comes from these regions gives jobs to roughly 25 million people! With that kind of job-generating power, maybe an extra few cups a day wouldn’t be so bad after all.
Not everyone can have the luxury of living in the coffee-filled lands of the tropics’ Bean Belt. Luckily for us, though, everyone does have the opportunity to sip, gulp, or slurp (quietly, please) the incredible coffee that hails from the different regions within. Without this part of the globe, espresso, drip coffee, and the almighty single serve cup would be bland and boring. Instead, the Bean Belt boldly and aromatically takes us where the rest of the world cannot: caffeinated bliss.