You raise an interesting point...I'm guessing most of it is exported because the industry can make a lot more profit that way...the locals are probably priced out of their own product.
I have a friend who goes to Mexico a lot, and found a small roaster in some village inland from Veracruz...I guess the guy will prepare a sample (espresso shot) of any coffee that you might considering buying, and having tried some back here in the States, I'll say that it's damn good!
Anyway, point being that there are probably trade-related reasons why it's hard to find in the producing countries, but if you know where to look, it's probably there somewhere.
yeah it might be there. But in many of the coffee growing countries, coffee drinking is not part of the culture. It's one of the very unfortunate results of a global economy, that countries wind up producing tons and tons of prodcuts that they don't use or care about. In Jamaica a similar thing happened with Calaloo (like spinach). Local farmers had been growing it for a long time, as it's a favorite food in Jamaica and really really healthy. But the government saw more money to be made by producing sugar cane, so they burned farms where calaloo was grown, and forced sugar cane growth for exportation. Not so good for the villagers except the kids get to chew on it I guess....