By: Isabel Smith
When coffee was first invented, it was mostly only made in Ethiopia and Sudan but today the popular beverage is grown in around 70 countries across the globe!
Here at Trident Coffee, we get our beans from ten different regions, each bringing its own unique flavor and texture. Not to mention all of our coffee comes from direct trade, meaning we buy directly from the producers. This process helps to create better quality, sustainability, and fairer prices.
Today, in honor of National Coffee Day, we’ll be going through each location and diving deeper into what makes it so special.
Brazil, Carmo de Minas
Starting off with Carmo de Minas, a municipality in the state of Minas Gerais in the Southeast region of Brazil. Minas Gerais is known for its beautiful architecture and colonial art in its historical cities. Tourists have a chance to explore national parks, caves, and even waterfalls. This state is of course well known for its coffee, accounting for nearly 50% of the production in the country. Here at Trident we get our renowned Trident roasted coffee and nitro cold brew thanks to this wondrous state.
Next up is Cajamarca, Peru! Cajamarca is a city in the northern highlands of Peru, located in the Andes Mountains. Cajamarca is the 13th largest city in Peru and is full of rich history and culture. Tourists will find Spanish colonial architecture, beautiful landscapes, hot springs, as well as parades and dances. Thanks to its mild climate, Cajamarca is one of Peru’s top exporters of coffee. Here at Trident Coffee we have Cajamarca to thank for our Ambrotos and Pumpkin Spice Keto Latte nitro cold brew as well as our Damn the Torpedoes roasted coffee.
Bali, Blue Moon
Did you know that all coffee grown in Bali is organic because the island forbids any use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers? Bali is an Indonesian island best known for its volcanic mountains, beaches, and coral reefs. Bali is also known for its sophisticated art forms such as painting, sculptures, woodcarving, handcrafts, and performing arts. Bali blue moon coffee is used for our dark and sweet Calm Under Pressure roasted coffee and nitro cold brew.
Closest to San Diego, Chiapas is a southern Mexican state bordering Guatemala. Chiapas is one of the largest indigenous populations in the country, being home to around twelve federally recognized groups. Tourists can find lots of jungle ruins and wildlife. Most of the population live in rural areas, making agriculture the main point of the state’s economy. Farmers in Chiapas grow corn, beans, bananas, and of course coffee. Our Son of a Son of a Sailor roasted coffee is imported from Chiapas and used to make our famous Churro Keto Latte.
Vietnam, Da Lat
Moving right along to Da Lat, the capital of Lam Dong province and the largest city in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam. Da Lat is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam bringing in around a million visitors every year due to its beautiful flower gardens, lakes and waterfalls, and plenty of coffee houses. With year-round cool weather, De Lat supplies a lot of the country's agricultural products such as cabbage, cauliflower, tea, wine, and coffee. This beautiful city is responsible for our Stoic Bond roasted coffee and nitro cold brew.
Ethiopia is truly the birthplace of coffee, created first in 850 AD and is the world’s fifth largest coffee-producing nation. Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee is one of the most popular types of coffee in the world. Yirgacheffe is a small region in Southern Ethiopia where plants grow naturally thanks to its thick vegetation, healthy soil, and high elevation. The beans grown in this region are perfect for hot and cold brews with distinctive floral notes. We have these beans to thank for our Link in the Chain roasted coffee and lavender keto latte.
Tolima is one of the 32 departments of Columbia, located in the Andean region. Tourists are able to visit interesting places such as museums, historic landmarks, parks, cultural stages, and more. Tolima is also known as the “Musical City of Columbia” with its extensive musical events such as the Festival and National Folklore Competition and for its Conservatory of Music, one of the best in the country. Like many others on this list, Tolima’s economy is based mostly on its agriculture. Tolima grows cotton, beans, bananas, sugarcane, and coffee. Our roasted coffee, Anchors Aweigh, has Tolima to thank for its bold and smooth flavor.
Papua, New Guinea Highlands
The New Guinea Highlands are a long range of mountains on the island of New Guinea. Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world with 851 official languages spoken. Because of this diversity, many cultural expressions have emerged with each village having its own forms of art, dance, music, singing, architecture, and much more. Coffee from this country is smooth and sweet which is why we used their beans for our Island Hopper roasted coffee.
Guatemala, SHB EP
Guatemala is a Central American country, just south of Mexico. With a population of 17.2 million it is the most populated country in Central America. The country is populated by a variety of diverse ethnic, cultural, racial, and linguistic groups. Guatemala is home to the remains of many Mayan cities that once dominated the country such as Tikal and El Mirador. SHP stands for Strictly Hard Bean meaning that the coffee has been grown 1,200 meters above sea level and is usually a denser and more high quality bean used to create our El Capitan roasted coffee.
Boquete is a small town on the Caldera River, in western Panama home to just over 20,000 people. Boquete is full of arts and music with the annual Boquete Jazz Festival and performing theatre groups. The bordering mountain regions are home to coffee plantations and the Barú Volcano National Park. Coffee beans grown here consistently rank among the world’s best which is why we use them for our Rising Tide roasted coffee.
There you have it, coffee beans from all around the world. Each of these locations is unique and offers different attractions for tourists and locals to enjoy. Implementing direct trade with our farmers has allowed us to bring in the best quality coffee for our Tribe. So what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a cup of Trident Coffee and celebrate with us!