Organized by continent and then further by country or region, The World Atlas of Coffee presents the brew in color spreads packed with information. They include:
- The history of coffee generally and regionally
- The role of colonialism (for example, in Burundi under colonial rule of Belgium, coffee production was best described as coercive. Every peasant farmer had to cultivate at least 50 coffee trees near their home.)
- Map of growing regions and detail maps
- Charts explaining differences in growing regions within a country
- Inset boxes (For example, what is the Potato Defect? Is Cuban coffee legal in the United States?)
- The politics of coffee and the fair trade, organic and shade grown phenomena
- Beautiful colour photographs taken in the field.