If you are like most people, you probably consume at least one cup of coffee a day. While you are sipping on your morning brew or afternoon cup of joe, though, have you ever thought about the growth of a coffee bean and how it makes its way into the liquid that you drink in your cup?
The coffee production process involves a lot of real good people working together to create the real good coffee you know and love. Check out our quick guide and take a walk through the transformative — and delicious — journey of a coffee bean.
Seedlings in South America: The Coffee Bean's Beginnings
Your favorite coffee blend originally starts off as an unprocessed and unroasted green coffee bean.
While coffee plants were originally grown in Yemen and Ethiopia, the majority of coffee seeds today are planted in South and Central America. Coffee seeds can be planted and harvested all over the globe, though, with each region producing different flavors of coffee.
Harvesting the Coffee Cherries
In anywhere from 2 to 5 years, the seeds will sprout and grow into mature plants that produce cherries. Inside each red cherry, you'll find two green coffee beans. When they are ripe, the cherries are harvested and prepared for processing.
There are three different ways that the cherries can be harvested, each producing a different result. To remove the coffee beans from the husk and pulp, harvesters can use the:
- Natural method: With the natural method, the cherries dry outside for 2 to 4 weeks. Then, a machine is used to remove the dried cherry. This process produces a robust blend with mild acidity.
- Washed method: The washed method is much faster. The cherries are pulped, and the beans are fermented for anywhere from 12 to 72 hours. Then the beans are dried out to create a fruity blend.
- Honey method: There are different ways to perform the honey method, but the first step typically involves removing the pulp and skin and then drying out the seeds. This process creates a dark and caramelly bean.
Roasted to Perfection
While taking into consideration factors such as temperature and humidity, the coffee beans are then roasted to create a light, medium or dark roast. The coffee beans can be ground or left whole. Once these final steps are complete, the coffee is then sealed in a special bag to pack in the freshness and flavor and then shipped out to coffee lovers — just like you — all over the world.
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