A complete guide to coďŹ€ee production
A cup of coďŹ€ee begins its journey as a seed. The beans, the seeds of the coďŹ€ee tree, are planted in the ground and grow for 3-4 years before bearing fruit.
Traditionally, coﬀee trees are grown under the shade of other plants, maintaining biodiversity; however, newer “Sun Cultivation” techniques grow coﬀee in plantations leading to deforestation.
Once the coﬀee tree bears fruit, called coﬀee cherries, the cherries are harvested.
Coﬀee production has a history of using inhumane labor to harvest Coﬀee Beans. Workers are often underpaid and work through inhumane conditions.
This creates waste that is often dumped into streams, damaging local ecosystems.
The cherries are then processed, removing the coďŹ€ee beans which are then dried.
The processed coďŹ€ee beans are then packaged and exported to locations all around the world.
Most of the world’s coﬀee is produced in South America and Africa- Brazil leads the world in coﬀee production.
When the coďŹ€ee arrives in its ďŹ nal destination the beans are tasted for quality control.
How the coﬀee beans are processed determines how long the coﬀee should brew for.
Approved coﬀee beans are then roasted, ground, and packaged quickly to maintain freshness.
The coďŹ€ee is then taken to grocery stores where you buy it.
You can use your power as a consumer to help improve coﬀee production practices. Buy Fair Trade Coﬀee, which is produced with ethical labor practices, and Sun Grown Coﬀee which is grown naturally preventing deforestation.
You prepare your coï¬€ee how ever you like!
I like my coï¬€ee strong, always hot, and with just a touch of cream!
The coﬀee production process may not always use ethical practices, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy coﬀee. Recognize the negative aspects of coﬀee production and use your power as a conscious consumer to fund coﬀee that is sourced and processed ethically.