Australian and South American coffee both come from countries with warm climates that are conducive to coffee cultivation. However, there are some key differences between the two types of coffee that make them unique. Here are five differences between Australian grown coffee and South American grown coffee:
- Flavor Profile
One of the most noticeable differences between Australian and South American coffee is their flavor profile. South American coffee is known for its bold, rich, and full-bodied taste, with notes of chocolate, caramel, and nuttiness. In contrast, Australian coffee is known for its milder, smoother flavor, with notes of milk chocolate fruit and floral aromas.
- Growing Conditions
While both Australia and South America have warm climates that are suitable for coffee cultivation, the growing conditions in each region are quite different. South American coffee is typically grown at high altitudes, which slows down the ripening process and leads to a more concentrated flavor. In contrast, Australian coffee is grown at lower altitudes, which allows for a longer growing season and a milder flavor.
- Sustainability Practices
Australian coffee farmers are known for their commitment to sustainability and eco-friendliness. Many use organic fertilizers, implement water conservation measures, and reduce waste through composting and recycling. In South America, sustainability practices vary widely depending on the region and the farming practices used.
- Variety of Beans
South America is known for its diverse range of coffee beans, including Arabica, Robusta, and many hybrids. In Australia, the most commonly grown variety is Arabica, although Robusta is also grown in some regions.
While South American coffee is widely available and exported around the world, Australian coffee is not as well known and is mainly consumed locally. As a result, Australian coffee may be harder to find outside of the country.
While Australian and South American coffee are both delicious and offer unique flavor profiles, there are several key differences between the two.
From their growing conditions and sustainability practices to the variety of beans and availability, there are many factors that set these two types of coffee apart. So next time you're enjoying a cup of coffee, take a moment to appreciate the unique flavors and characteristics of your coffee of choice and we really do recommend buying both and enjoying the experience of comparing the Australian grown coffee with South American grown coffee.
At Mikro we proudly roast and supply Australian Grown Coffee from Mareeba, Queensland grown and managed by Plum Murat as well as Excellent South American coffee from Brazil, Sao Silvestre Estate and Capim Branco Estate grown and managed by Ismael and Romulo Andrade.