According to their website: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/americas-coffee-obsession_n_987885. Huff post gave some rather interesting statistics as of 2015.
55% of coffee drinkers would rather gain 10 pounds than give up coffee for life.
52% of coffee drinkers would rather go without a shower in the morning than give up coffee.
49% of coffee drinkers would rather give up their cell phone for a month than go without coffee.
Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day, equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year, making the United States the leading consumer of coffee in the world.
Coffee represents 75% of all the caffeine consumed in the United States.
That’s a lot of love for what some call the “elixir of life.”
It all starts with the bean. The coffee bean is a seed of the a Coffea plant.
The caffeine in coffee beans serves as a toxic substance protecting the seeds of the plant, a natural defense to protect itself from being eaten by animals. Caffeine also simultaneously attracts pollinators by creating chemical signals that make it easier for the insects to return to the plant’s flowers.
Coffee is grown from the seed, which produces a tree. Each tree takes on average between 3 to 5 years to bear fruit. Typically, a coffee tree has three main life phases; the growth phase, which lasts about 4 to 7 years: the productivity phase, which can last anywhere from 15 to 25 years and lastly, the final phase in which the tree begins to decline until its death. Each healthy tree produces approximately 2,000 coffee cherries a year, or about 4,000 coffee beans.
Fields and fields of coffee trees.. Ready to be picked!
Drinking coffee is one thing.. Picking coffee in the muddy, humid, insect ridden jungle is an entirely different thing.
This is not work for the faint of heart.
Workers get paid by the amounts of beans they collect.. Ripe coffee beans are red.
Your spoils are then weighed and then moved to the next part of the process.
Beans are then poured into a machine which will manually separate the beans from the husk and further separation of the beans happens by hand once they hit the water in the container below.
The beans are later moved to a place where they can dry.
And be further separated.
The process does not stop there. Still- there’s more separation to be done for the ultimate cup of coffee.
With so many Americans who love good morning coffee how many can say they have picked it? If you are a diehard fan of this beautiful drink then you should definitely consider having this experience.
Having an experience like this creates a greater appreciation for the delicacy we so easily take for granted. You will truly ‘become one’ with your copy of mourning Java.
The farm we visited and had the pleasure of touring can be found below:
El Peñol, Antioquia, Colombia