7 Facts Every Coffee Lover Should Know About Their Beloved ‘Bean’

So you LOVE coffee, but how much do you really know it? Here are 7 easy to remember facts about coffee beans. Read them, learn them, impress people with knowledge!

1. The coffee ‘bean’ isn’t a bean.

It is in fact technically the seed of the Coffea plant, which is a shrub or small tree. On this plant grows red or purple cherries and within these will be just one or two green coffee ‘beans’.

2. The Coffea plant can grow up to 30 feet tall,

but is cultivated to be around 10 feet (3 meters). This is because nearly all coffee is still hand picked, so the plants need to be within easy reach.

3. The tree of Coffea Arabica will grow fruits after three to five years.

It is possible for the plants to produce plants for a hundred years, but is more commonly between 50 to 60 years.

4.The cherries themselves take around 9 months to ripen.

The Coffea is a fickle plant, so unripe and ripe cherries will grow next to each other.

5.Once the beans are picked, they are dried and stripped down until all that is left is the green bean.

Once shipped these beans are roasted at around 500f. The beans will “pop” twice. After the first “pop” they double in size, and after the second the bean is done.

6.Behind oil, coffee is the most traded commodity on earth.

The industry is worth over $100billion (£59billion) a year.

7.There are only two types of coffee, despite the many different varieties and flavours.

These are Arabica and Robusta. 75 to 80 percent of the world's coffee production is Arabica, which is considered the most flavourful. Robusta is more bitter tasting but has nearly twice the caffeine content than Arabica.

8.All coffee in the world is grown in the “Bean Belt”,

these latitudes are between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

9.Every year over 500 Billion cups of coffee are consumed.

It is the fourth most consumed beverage in the world, behind water, tea and beer.

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