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10 Fascinating Facts About Coffee’s Journey From Bean To Brew

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10 Fascinating Facts About Coffee’s Journey From Bean To Brew

Ahhhhh coffee. Without you our mornings are groggy, cozy coffee shops wouldn’t exist, and all-night study sessions wouldn’t be possible. Although we may be able to brew a pot of coffee with our eyes closed (literally), few take the time to explore where coffee comes from (Hint: it’s not Seattle).

This fruit (yes fruit!) travels many miles, transforming from seed to bean to grinds before it lands in your cup, passing through the nose and palate of at least one highly-trained inspector before it’s deemed worthy of sale and distribution. Along the way, the humble coffee bean has become part of traditions and legends of mythical proportion. For instance, did you know that in ancient Arab culture the only way a woman could legally divorce her husband was if he didn’t provide enough coffee? Or that Johann Sebastian Bach wrote an opera about a woman who was addicted to coffee? And then there are all the awesome things coffee can do besides keep you awake.

Although coffee can be addictive, and there are bad times in store if you drink too many cups in a day, research seems to suggest that there are health benefits as well: Drinking coffee has been linked to everything from reduced diabetes risk to fertility and improved memory function.

This morning, as you sip your favorite mixture of coffee, water, creamer and/or sweetener, click through to the next page for an awesome infographic to learn more about how that coffee got to your cup. And be glad it did!

>>View Coffee Infographic!

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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10:03AM PST on Feb 12, 2014

Judging by the comments I guess I am pretty unusual, I hate coffee, I can't even stand the smell of it. An interesting article though.

3:37PM PST on Feb 5, 2014

Got to love coffee!

7:19AM PST on Feb 2, 2014

You could tell me ANYTHING about coffee & I'd STILL drink it!

4:26AM PST on Feb 2, 2014

Thank you Beth, for Sharing this!

1:56AM PST on Jan 28, 2014

Noted

12:25PM PST on Jan 27, 2014

worth knowing

1:12AM PST on Jan 24, 2014

ty

1:44PM PST on Jan 23, 2014

Thanks for the info!

11:53AM PST on Jan 17, 2014

Very interesting. Thank you.

5:39AM PST on Jan 17, 2014

Great! Thank you

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