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May 19, 2015

Coffee 101

Photos by Gabe Green

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Oh, that elixir of the morning. It is estimated that half of the entire population of America drinks coffee daily. Averaging a little more than 3 cups each day, 150 million Americans start their day with an espresso, cappuccino, latte, iced or simply a brewed cup of joe.

The only place in America that is warm enough to grow coffee is in Hawaii. So when it arrives in the continental U.S., it looks something like what you see on this page.

 

The process:

Before what you see here – green or raw beans – the seeds are planted. After 3­4 years, the plant bears fruit, called “cherries.” They are harvested when they turn bright red. They are then dried, hulled, polished, graded and sorted. Finally they are exported.