A few weeks ago, a member of my family said that I should take a note of the countries from which I have tried coffee. I thought this was a good idea at the time because I have tried coffee from so many countries and I did not want to lose track. The idea came to mind again yesterday when I thought just how easy it will be for me to forget where I have bought coffee from as I try more coffees. I must have tried at least five coffees this month alone.
I not have a goal in mind to taste coffee from every region in the world but I think having a list of countries from which I have tried coffee would be a good point of reference. I do not intend to keep this list up to date every time I try a new coffee because I try too many but rather I see this list as something I can come back to later if I am ever unsure if I have tried a coffee from a particular origin.
So far, I have tried coffees from:
- El Salvador
- Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
To make this list, I consulted The World Atlas of Coffee by James Hoffmann. Upon writing this list, I realised I have not tasted coffee from as many origins as I thought I had. There are at least 50 countries around the world that produce coffee and many of them grow at least some speciality Arabica. I suppose that it does not matter how many countries I have tasted coffee from, rather my insights into the coffees from each country.
For instance, I know that I love a good Ethiopian coffee. I know that Kenyan coffees are bright. I know that Brazilian coffees are often chocolatey and a good go-to if I want something less acidic than the typical speciality coffee I might consume.
My current philosophy is to buy coffees that I find interesting based on flavour notes, processing, or another unique attribute, but ultimately I want to try as many different coffees as possible. I wonder if I look back in a year I will see that I have largely tasted coffee from the same origins. If I have tried coffee from (at least) 11 origins over the last year, I am sure I will make my way to taste coffee from many more.