From Plant To Cup...The Coffee Story [INFOGRAPHIC]
Planting & growing coffeeThe coffee tree grows from seeds to seedling in 4 to 8 weeks and continues to grow for 9 to 18 months until it reaches about 12 inches. The soil from which it grows needs to stay moist and without much sunlight. After that, it takes 3 more years for it to bear fruit, and 6 more years for it to become mature and produce
Harvesting & pickingThere is usually one harvest per year and done mostly by hand. Harvest season lasts 4 to 6 months and coffee is picked every 8 to 10 days.
Processing the CherriesCoffee cherries have to be processed soon after harvesting to avoid spoilage. There are two ways of processing them. When using Dry Method, cherries are spread out on
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Drying the beansNo matter the method, beans must be dried to contain 11% moisture. They can be dried in the sun or machine-drier, with the help of large tumblers. Dried beans are called parchment coffee. They are then stored in jute or sisal bags.
Milling the beansBefore exporting, big
Exporting the beansAfter milling, coffee beans are called green coffee and they are ready to be shipped inside shipping containers.
Roasting the coffeeRoasting is the process of transforming green coffee beans to brown coffee beans we all know. Roasting is mostly done at 550 F, and beans are constantly moved around to avoid burning. They turn brown at 400 F, and
Grinding and brewing the coffeeCoffee drinkers can buy pre-ground coffee or do their own grinding at home. How fine it
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