You undoubtedly know something about coffee, whether it is a part of your daily routine or not. This fragrant, flavourful beverage is a staple for those in all walks of life. As commonplace as the brew might seem, there is a wealth of intriguing information behind the coffee bean that most people are totally unaware of. Yes, there is indeed more to your morning cup o’ Joe than you may realise!
From the very beginning of its obscure origins in Ethiopia, where it was discovered by a dancing, frolicsome goatherd, coffee has captured the attention of millions with its unique taste and aroma. It quickly travelled the world through the hands of those who wished to make this coveted bean their own. The means of transport were often unconventional, to say the least. The world’s desire for coffee was so great that transport methods often bordered on the illegal. Coffee was such a sought after commodity that it was often stolen, smuggled out of the country and shipped to foreign lands illegally. From being strapped to the stomach of a clever pilgrim and smuggled out of the country, to being stolen and engaged in an overseas flee, to being involved in a James Bond like stunt, coffee eventually found its way into the hearts and lives of people worldwide. No matter what its origin or how it got here, coffee has survived the test of time and remains immensely popular to this day. It is a global commodity, standing second only to oil as a source of foreign exchange to developing countries.
What are coffee’s constituents? How does a coffee bean develop? What are the types of coffee? Genetically modified coffee and more…
How is coffee planted? How is it cared for? What are the harvesting techniques? And what does it mean for a coffee farmer?
What happens to the ripened berries? What happens to the green beans? Know it all – from beans to brew.
What are the principles of sustainable development in coffee? Learn about the integrated approach and the future of the coffee industry.
The current coffee crisis has potent consequences for consumers and producers. What does the future hold and what can you do to help?
Is coffee beneficial or detrimental to one’s health? Clear up the myths surrounding this question.
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