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The NCA Complete Guide to Coffee

We believe that coffee is more than just a drink: It’s a culture, an economy, an art, a science — and a passion. Whether you're new to the brew or an espresso expert, there's always more to learn about this beloved beverage. 

Coffee comes from a genus of plants known as Coffea. Learn about the two important coffee species - Arabica and Robusta.

store coffee

Start with quality beans, and store them properly to maximize your coffee's freshness and flavor.

coffee around the world

Coffee is grown in more than 50 countries around the world — explore the exotic places where quality coffee begins.

Ship 1912

No one knows exactly how or when coffee was discovered, though there are many legends about its origin.

cup of coffee

Check out our essential tips and techniques for making and enjoying a great cup.

coffee additional resources

Get deeper insight into all aspects of the coffee industry — from regulatory information and trade data to science and sustainability — with our curated list of resources.


bean processing

The coffee you enjoy each day has taken an amazing journey to arrive in your cup.

coffee roaster

Roasting is a heat process that turns coffee into the fragrant, dark brown beans we know and love. Get the scoop on the four most common roasts.