Coffee plantations for Naples

Obviously there are no coffee plantations in Naples and Caffè Vesuvio Cuore Napoletano avails itself of important foreign producers to create its own blends.

Brazil is the country with the largest coffee production in the world and the most famous blends, like the Santos, Rio and Bourbon Santos. Another important coffee producer is Ethiopia, the country of the Arabica plant, where the wild beans are still picked by the tribes in the mountains. Approximately 12 million Ethiopians live on coffee. This country is the main coffee exporter from Africa. In Ethiopia the traditional growing methods are still common, therefore the beans have a sweet, full-bodied flavour and have high acidity. The inner conflicts in the country have had negative effects on the high quality of the coffee production, even if the situation has improved in the most recent years. Kenya is the main exporter from Eastern Africa. An amazing description of the coffee plantations may be foundin Karen Blixen’s book “Out of Africa”. The writer owned large plantations in that region, destroyed by aterrible drought at the beginning of the Thirties. Since there are no coffee plantations in Naples, the company Caffè Vesuvio Cuore Napoletano uses beans imported from other countries, like India. There the first coffee trade started with the help of pilgrim Baba Budan, who imported 7 beans from Mecca in 1870. The British colonizers transformed coffee into a very fine commercial product. The Indian coffee grows on the plateaus of the mountainous areas between 600 and 1800m and the most suitable regions for its cultivation are Karnatka, Kerala and Tamilnadu. India grows also some monsoon coffees, whose name comes from the winds the green beans are exposed to. This process reduces their acidity and improves their sweetness, making them similar to the aged Indonesian coffee varieties. The Indian coffee does not look similar to the African or Arabic one and has different features.