Want to find out how Coffee is made? Coffee is a drink that was discovered by accident back in the year 800 A.D, and to this day over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed daily in the world, but how can we produce this much coffee to be able to supply the huge demand? In today’s OnlyQuestion article, we take a look at how coffee is made!
The Origin of Coffee
Legends say that during the 9th Century a goat herder noticed his goats became energetic and refused to sleep after they ate berries from a certain tree, later the herder reported his observation to a local abbot who then in his turn made a drink out of the berries and noticed that it kept him awake during the long evening prayers, the abbot then reported to other monks until words of this fruit reached the Arabian Peninsula and started its journey across the world.
As you may have figured already, this loved drink is made from special berries, and to be more precise coffee is a seed from these berries.
Farmers usually make one big harvest per year once the berries turn red, they then strip the branches off of the berries, select only the ripe ones by hand and then it is processed immediately.
How Coffee is Processed
Once the cherries are selected, they go through more steps to make them into the final product.
First, if the cherries are left to dry under the sun where they are turned regularly, this is the traditional way, but they are other ways where machines are used to do this step faster.
The dried beans are known as parchment coffee and are warehoused in jute or sisal bags until they are ready for export.
The Second step is Milling the beans, before being exported, parchment is processed in the following manner:
Hulling machinery removes the parchment layer (endocarp) from wet-processed coffee. Hulling dry processed beans refers to removing the entire dried husk — the exocarp, mesocarp and endocarp — of the dried cherries.
Polishing is an optional process where any silver skin that remains on the beans after hulling is removed by a machine. While polished beans are considered superior to unpolished ones, in reality, there is little difference between the two.
Grading and Sorting is done by size and weight, and beans are also reviewed for colour flaws or other imperfections.
After this is done, the beans are now referred to as “green coffee” they are then loaded onto bags and are now ready for shipping
The beans are then tested for overall quality and taste by professionals in a laboratory, and if they are satisfied with the product, they then send it to be roasted then ground, and then sold to consumers.
Coffee is a great drink that many people take for granted, but with all this hard work and effort that people put into making the perfect drink, next time you take a sip – have a think about where that very drink you drinking came from.
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