One of the world’s strongest economies in the 1980s, Venezuela has had a rough go of things over the last 40 years. The country used to rival Colombia for coffee production but now makes up just 0.3% of global production with most of that coffee staying within the country’s borders.
The best Venezuelan coffee comes from the western region of the country, called Maracaibos, which borders Colombia. This area has a rich volcanic history, producing coffees that are rich with pleasing acidity and light sweetness. Coffee also is grown in the eastern part of Venezuela and has a softer more tropical or Caribbean profile.