As last weekend was British Coffee Week, to mark the occasion, we’re giving you an insight into how it’s produced along with some added benefits of having a cuppa.
Coffee is produced in over 60 countries in the world – all of which are close to the Equator, so a tropical climate is an important feature for coffee cultivation. Brazil is by far the world’s largest coffee producer, with over 2 million tonnes exported each year, which is almost double that of it’s closest competitor, Vietnam.
Coffee production begins with the planting of coffee seeds. Within four years, the seeds have grown into coffee trees that contain coffee berries. The berries are then picked, placed in order of ripeness and the flesh is removed to reveal the bean. The seeds are then fermented, washed and dried. At this point, most coffee beans are a green colour, and only turn to the brown colour we’re all familiar with after the bean is roasted. Once a bean is roasted, it is graded, stored and prepared for exportation around the world.
There are many different variations of coffee plants around the world, and each one has a distinctive taste. Coffee Arabica accounts for 75-80% of the world’s coffee production, with the majority of the remainder being Coffee Robusta.
Perhaps the most fascinating coffee variation is Black Ivory, which is also the world’s most expensive. Coffee beans are consumed by elephants, then digested and recovered from the elephant feces. The stomach acid of the elephants breaks down the coffee bean’s protein, and creates a much smoother taste without the bitterness of regular coffee. Black Ivory Coffee costs around $1000 per kilo, thanks to the quality and limited availability of the coffee.
Jurys Inn understands what an important part coffee plays in our daily lives. This is why a selection of Jurys Inn hotels have all day coffee bars that serve Costa Coffee. This way, you’re able to enjoy British Coffee week at one of our hotels.