The History of Your Morning Cup of Coffee

A huge number of people around the world drink coffee and most drink it every day. Some are dismayed at the price of coffee that is purchased at the store. Yet, they really shouldn’t be surprised at all. They simply don’t know the process that ground coffee went through before it was even put in the can (or coffee maker). First, coffee fruits must be picked. The best coffee comes from the fruits that are totally ripe. Unfortunately, many of the companies that don’t really care about the consumer pick a lot of the coffee fruits when they are still green. This is true of the cheapest coffee, because the producers can use machinery to pick all the coffee fruits, ripe or not. If they are only picked when they are ripe, they must be picked by hand, which means that the coffee will be more expensive. Incidentally, the fruits look somewhat like a small cherry. In fact, they are called coffee cherries, though they aren’t actually cherries. The next steps vary. The coffee cherries can be run through machines to remove the fruit pulp, leaving the beans or pits behind. These are then dried. Alternately, the cherries can be dried and then the pulp can be removed after drying. Either way, at this point, the coffee beans have been dried. They are hulled next, to remove the seed covering and any remaining pulp. Very often, the beans are polished next, though not all producers polish the coffee beans. The beans Continue Reading →

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