Where is Coffee Grown in the US?

Where is Coffee Grown in the US?

At least once a week we get this question. Many people think that coffee is grown in the United States and we ship if from Alabama or Mississippi to our Furnace Hills Coffee roastery in Westminster, MD to roast and then make available to you. Well coffee is grown in the United States, but just in one place. That place is Hawaii. You see, coffee is grown between the 25’s. More directly between 25 degrees south and 25 degrees north. Outside of that band around the world, good coffee cannot be grown. As you can tell from the map below Miami, FL is outside of this coffee growing belt that encircles our planet. 

So do you have a special liking to the coffees from these countries? Do you know about the coffees that come from these countries to make an informed choice? Some of you do others don’t. Our list of single origin coffees are as follows:

  • Bolivian Superior
  • Honduran
  • Aquas de Marco — Brazil
  • Espirito Santo — Costa Rica
  • Ethiopian
  • Sumatran
  • Monsoon Myst — India
  • Colombian

We are considering a virtual tour of the world. We are thinking of offering a coffee travel club that features twelve single origin coffees a year. We would give those who subscribe information on the country and farm the coffee comes from.

What countries would you like to drink coffee from?

What should we title this coffee travel club?


Why Coffee is sometimes called “Joe”.

I ran across this article about the origin of the phrase, “cup of joe.”

Say hello to Josephus Daniels, former secretary of the US Navy and namesake of the proverbial cup of joe.

Joe is, of course, short for Joseph. And in American English, “joe” can refer to an average guy, a soldier, or—somewhat strangely—coffee. A popular chain in New York, for instance, is called Joe the Art of Coffee.

Josephus Daniels, the principal shaper of The ...

As it turns out, the use of joe as slang for coffee dates to the World War I era. It was then that Daniels, who started his career as a newspaper publisher in North Carolina, became secretary of the Navy under president Woodrow Wilson. As recounted in a new biography, Daniels tried to imbue the navy with a strict morality. He increased the number of chaplains, discouraged prostitution at naval bases, and, most controversially, banned the consumption of alcohol.

“As a substitute, stewards increased their purchases of coffee, among other beverages,” writes Lee Craig in the new book, “and Daniels’s name became linked to the daily drink of millions around the world. A cup of coffee became disparagingly known as ‘a cup of Joseph Daniels,’ and as legend has it, this was soon shortened to a ‘cup of Joe.’”

Article Link: http://qz.com/88453/why-coffee-is-called-joe/

If you could change the name of coffee what would you call it?

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Coffee Consumption Rises Worldwide!

Good news for Furnace Hills Coffee Company. Yes worldwide coffee consumption is at an all time high in 2011. Below you’ll see the reports that are out re: coffee consumption and the new & emerging markets.

Here’s a question for you: Are you drinking more coffee this year than you did last? Is your personal coffee consumption up?

Worldwide coffee consumption increased by 1.3% to 139 million bags (of 60 kg each) in 2011 compared to 137.2 million bags in 2010 driven by growing demand in Brazil, Vietnam, Mexico, India, Venezuela and other countries, according to International Coffee Organization (ICO) .

As per the ICO data, exporting countries consumed 42.4 million bags of coffee in 2011 compared to 41 million bags in the prior year period.

Roasted coffee beans Español: Granos de café t...

Roasted coffee beans Español: Granos de café tostado (natural). Bahasa Indonesia: Biji kopi alami yang telah disangrai. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In its latest report the organization said: “The highest rates of growth (consumption) have been found mostly in exporting countries, which have increased their share of the total from 25 per cent in 2000 to 30.5 per cent in 2011,” reported The Economic Times.

The consumption in importing countries, including the US, Germany, Japan, France, Italy, the UK and Spain, was 96.6 million bags in 2011 compared to 96.1 million bags in the year ago period.

The importing countries, including the US, Germany, Japan, France, Italy, the UK and Spain, consumed 96.6 million bags in 2011 compared to 96.1 million bags in 2010.

In emerging markets like Russia, Korea, Ukraine, Australia, Algeria, etc, coffee consumption increased marginally to 25.8 million bags from 25.2 million bags in the previous crop year.

The global coffee production has been estimated flat at 134.3 million bags in the 2011-12 crop year, which runs from October to September, compared to 2010-11 as the shortfall in production in Brazil was compensated by increased production in other countries, particularly Vietnam, Peru and Honduras, ICO was cited by the news paper. (Taken from Hot Drinks Business Review, October 22, 2012) (http://hotdrinks.drinks-business-review.com/)

What Furnace Hills Coffees may you drink more of this next year? Check out our coffee offerings at http://furnacehillscoffee.com.

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Coffee Facts:

We know this is a bit late — National Coffee Day was a couple of weeks ago — but thought you’d like these facts anyway! There are a couple of questions at the bottom of the page. Let us know what you think.

Some eye-opening facts just in time for National Coffee Day (Sept. 29).What facts on this Infographic surprise you? What one fact were you ignorant of? Visit our website & tell us what your favorite Furnace Hills Coffee is … (www.furnacehillscoffee.com).

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What I didn’t know about Roasting Coffee!

We have been roasting coffee now for 2 1/2 years. It has been an awesome journey & we have learned a lot. Below you’ll find some of the things we have learned along the way!


  • There are two kinds of coffee beans in the world:
    • Arabica is what we mostly drink in this country. It is a better quality bean and tastes better. It has less caffeine than it’s counter part mentioned below.
    • Rabusta is an inferior bean that is used & grown in a number of countries around the world. Furnace Hills uses it in one of our blends to get a bite. Can you guess which one that is?
  • There are several ways to roast coffee:
    • You can use drum roasters. These roasters are usually gas fired and come in sizes that can roast as little as a pound at a time up to 500 pounds at a time. The Big Boys use
      English: Diedrich IR Series Coffee Roaster

      English: Diedrich IR Series Coffee Roaster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

      the latter.

    • You can use fluid bed roasters. These are roasters that use hot air. They are sort of like giant air popcorn poppers. We use Sonofresco roasters
    • You can roast at home. Use a frying pan on your stove or a hot air popcorn popper. There are a number of home roasters you can purchase as well.
  • I have learned that the more you roast coffee the more you roast the caffeine out of it! That’s right! So the darker the roast the less caffeine it has in it. If you want a real jolt, go with a lighter roast. I’ll bet you the first time you do it will give you the shakes!
  • I didn’t know you grow coffee between the 25’s! Yes coffee is best grown between 25 degrees north & south. That’s a narrow band that circumnavigates our earth. In that band you have countries like Indonesia, Brazil, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Columbia, Costa Rica and many more that grow great coffee. Many of those listed above we roast!
  • I didn’t know how well the developmentally disabled can roast coffee and they really love doing it too! Yesterday around 3 pm Erin came out with her usual comment on Sundays, “Tomorrow I get to go to work!” She loves roasting coffee. Those that work at Happy Cup Roasting (http://happycup.com/) in Portland, OR and Aspire Coffee Works (https://www.aspirecoffeeworks.com/) in Chicago, IL love their jobs too!

Check out our coffees that Erin has roast at (http://furnacehillscoffee.com)! You’ll be surprised what those with developmental disabilities can do!

What did you learn about coffee roasting today? Let us know.

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