Did you know that coffee beans actually grow on a plant?
Unlike the saying ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’, coffee beans actually do! They are planted in large crops in shaded nurseries during the wet season. Depending on the type of bean planted it can take up to 4 years for the trees to produce fruit. Yes you read that correctly, that coffee that takes you 10 minutes to drink, takes 4 years to get to your cup!
The coffee bean is then extracted from a fruit known as the coffee cherry when it is ripe and ready to harvest. Harvesting generally occurs in one major harvest a year and is generally individually handpicked to ensure that every bean is ripe and ready for use. The raw fruit goes through a range of processes to remove the cherry pulp from the seed.
Once the bean has been separated from the fruit, it’s cleaned and sorted according to its density, size and colour before it is distributed!
So next time you have a cup of coffee, take a moment to appreciate the long process that your coffee beans have travelled in order to get to your cup.