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Coffee drinking is at an all time high. People from around the world love their daily cup (or cups) of coffee. If you love coffee and feel that you must have that cup of caffeine in the morning, then you know that you would not give it up for anything else.
Have you ever stopped and wondered where exactly your coffee comes from? Coffee usually travels a long distance to reach you. In fact, the prices of coffee will fluctuate depending on the crops and the weather in these various parts of the world. You might be interested and surprised to learn that the little coffee bean has a long way to travel before it ever reaches your cup.
If you have asked yourself where does that cup of coffee I drink everyday come from, then your answer is that it is grown throughout the world. Now the best tasting and biggest supply of coffee beans come from locations around the globe that experience tropical climates. A good coffee bean needs diffused sunlight, high humidity and a good amount of rain.
Usually, coffee beans are grown in tropical and sub tropical climates of the world. The biggest producer of coffee beans in the world is Brazil. In first place is Brazil as they produce 28% of the total coffee beans grown in the world. In second place is Colombia, which produces 16% of coffee beans. In third place is Indonesia, which produces 7% of coffee beans. Mexico produces around 4% of the coffee beans consumed in the world. Other countries grow and produce coffee, but Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia and Mexico are the most popular countries.
Since Brazil is the most popular location and the largest producer of coffee, it would be economically devastating if something were to happen to the crop of coffee beans in this area. Brazil employs thousands of workers each and every day as coffee bean plantations in this area cover much of the rural areas.
Do you know the coffee beans are still carried out by mule much of the time due to the rugged mountains in this country. When you think about all the hard work and the long way that the coffee bean has come to reach you, this certainly gives a new meaning to your daily cup of coffee.
Growing coffee beans can be a frustrating task if you do not live in the right areas of the world. However, individual coffee growers take pride in the coffee that they can produce and many coffee connoisseurs enjoy tasting coffee beans grown by the smaller companies.
The next time that you sit down to enjoy a cup of coffee. Think about what it has gone through to reach your cup coffee is a huge industry all over the world. Whether it comes from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico or an individual coffee grower, your delicious daily cup of coffee takes work before you can even enjoy that cup!
by Anthony Sastre