Coffee is enjoyed all around the world with 2.25 billion cups drank daily. The drink can be enjoyed in many ways, instant, espresso and freshly made but to be enjoyed the most, it should be freshly ground and then freshly made. You can buy coffee making machines; some complete with coffee grinders and some without but to perhaps to enjoy it at its best, is to make each cup individually. First select the coffee beans of your choice, ground them and then using the best single cup coffee maker enjoy your own favourite flavour.
Not only is coffee enjoyed around the world but it is now also grown in many places around the world. In the east, coffee is grown in parts of South East Asia where one type is first fed to Civets and once it has passed through the animal’s body, it is washed and dried. Although this may sound an unusual procedure, what is known as Wild Civet Coffee, is very popular and so many must think that the unusually strange production of the coffee is worth the effort. The Middle East isn’t particularly known for growing coffee but it was in Yemen, part of the Arabian Peninsula where, in the 15th century, coffee was first drank on a regular basis. Coffee is grown by many of the Central African countries and the beans grown on the upper slopes of the Kenyan mountains are thought to be some of the best in the world but that should hardly be surprizing as the first coffee beans were thought to have come from Ethiopia, just north of there. Although coffee isn’t grown in Europe, it was the Italians that gave the world one of the most popular ways of drinking it; espresso. Coffee is also grown in the Caribbean and the beans grown in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica are also thought to be among the best in the world. Central and South America grow coffee in abundance but 80% of the coffee grown in Panama, is exported to Japan where they do not grow their own coffee. Although the United States and Canada do not grow coffee on the North American continent, the Pacific State of Hawaii does grow its own beans.
With coffee being grown in a variety of countries, under a variety of conditions, coffee beans can vary greatly in the flavour they produce and although everybody may have their own individual tastes, some beans are generally thought to be more flavourful than others. Usually the better coffee beans are grown at higher elevations and are not therefore grown in the same abundance as those at lower altitudes and so it is often the cheaper beans from the lower elevations that are used to make instant coffee, beans which a true coffee connoisseur would rarely choose as beans they would buy and grin themselves, or a most enjoyable cup of coffee, however, instant coffee seems to be the most popular, in the West at least.