The story of how your coffee went to your cup is quite amazing. It does not just start with buying packs of coffee beans and putting it into the coffee maker.
The journey of your coffee starts from somewhere in the plantation.
The coffee beans that you buy actually are seeds from cherries that are called coffee cherries. These coffee cherries are from the Coffea plants that are usually planted in large, shaded nursery beds. Like any other plant, they also need to be watered. They need to be shaded because they are sensitive to sunlight. It will take about 3 to 4 years for the plant actually to grow and bear cherries.
If the cherries already turned bright and deep red, it indicates ripeness and the time for harvest. In harvesting the cherries, it can be through handpicking or through machines. There are two ways to pick the cherries, selectively and strip picked. The first one is called the strip picked because the cherries are stripped off of the branch. While selectively picked is harvesting only the ripe cherries.
After picking the cherries, it will be processed to get the beans inside. The methods of doing this are through either dry or wet methods. The dry method is when the cherries are laid out under the sun to dry the skin of the cherries. While in the wet method, the pulps of the cherries are removed. Then, they put it in the process of fermentation. After the fermentation, they will rinse it and dry it up.
After the coffee beans have dried up, it is ready for milling. In milling, the coffee beans are milled to separate the coffee beans that are good and bad. They also separate the beans depending on the size, color, or the situation of the beans. Through milling, they secure that the coffee beans are in the best shape and condition. After the milling, the coffee beans are now called green coffee and exported in different parts of the world.
But wait, it's not yet done. The green coffees will undergo roasting, which will turn the green coffee into a deliciously aromatic brown coffee that you can buy in the stores or online. In roasting, the beans are put in the roasting machine with a temperature of 550 degrees Fahrenheit.
GRINDING and BREWING:
Then the brown coffee beans are now subjected to grinding or the process of pulverizing the coffee beans to get the most flavor in your cup of coffee. Afterward, it undergoes brewing, which you can do mostly through your coffee maker or other brewing methods.