Coffee flavor is influenced by climate and altitude more than anything else. Read below to learn how to optimize your coffee experience by choosing the coffee grown in the area best for your taste buds.

Experience has shown that the most favor-ciimate temperature is 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, with an annual rainfall of about 100 inches that is well distributed throughout the year.
Coffee thrives well in locations with very heavy rainfall, provided the soil is well drained. The Alta Verapaz (Guatemala) coffee is grown under these conditions, and unquestionably the finest imported coffee in this country.

University of California at Berkley, THE CULTIVATION AND PREPARATION OF COFFEE, JOSEPH M. BRANSTEN

The influence of geography on the flavor of a coffee bean is profound. All coffee grows in the tropics, but the altitude at which it is grown contributes significantly to a coffee’s taste profile. Mountainous regions of the Coffee Belt, a tropical band extending approximately 30º north and south of the equator, produce the world’s truly great arabica coffees. High elevations above 3,000 feet to 6,000 feet and beyond provide ideal growing conditions for the coffee tree: a frost-free climate averaging 60-70º F year-round, moderate rainfall of about 80 inches, and abundant sunshine.

Cooler mountain temperatures provide a slower growth cycle for the coffee tree which prolongs bean development. High-grown beans are hard, dense, and possess the potential for exceptional coffee flavor. The truly stunning coffees are grown between 4,000 and 6,000 feet. Generally, as growing elevation increases, a coffee’s flavor profile becomes more pronounced and distinctive.

Elevation: 5,000 ft Elevation 3,,500 ft