The world of coffee is incredibly vast and is far from boring. Here are 5 things we thought you probably didn't know about your favourite warm beverage!

1. Coffee Beans Are Actually Seeds That Are Created Inside Of A Coffee Cherry.

 Photo Credit:  Mayorga Organics

Photo Credit: Mayorga Organics

Once coffee trees reach maturity and begin to bloom, its flowers start to bear fruit. These fruits produced are known as coffee cherries. Normally coffee cherries contain two seeds, but on occasion there is only one seed inside called a peaberry.

2. It Takes 4-5 Years Before A Coffee Tree Is Able To Produce Coffee.

There is approximately a 5-year time span between a young coffee sapling and a full-blown coffee-producing tree. For the first 6-12 months of a coffee trees life it is raised in a nursery. Once graduating from the nursery the young tree is then planted on a farm awaiting production. A farmer will typically have to wait 3-4 years for the tree to fruit properly.

3. There Are Approximately 4000 Coffee Beans Per 1 Pound Of Roasted Coffee.

A typical Arabica coffee tree produces approximately 2000 coffee cherries per year. A coffee cherry contains two seeds, which means that one tree produces roughly 4000 coffee beans. It would take about 4000 peaberry containing coffee cherries to produce only 1 pound of roasted coffee. Wow! Even crazier, coffee cherries ripen at different times, so they are largely picked by hand.

4. An Espresso Bean Is NOT A Type/Variety Of Coffee Bean.

People commonly refer to espresso as a type of bean when in fact it is a roast profile of a single origin coffee bean or blend of beans. An espresso is supposed to have a heavy body, subdued acidity, yet be sweet enough to balance the acidic and bitter flavours.

5. Coffee Acts As A Mild Antidepressant.

We are now starting to see more and more research centered on our favourite warm beverage. Recently, Harvard completed a 10-year study, which found that consumption of caffeinated coffee dramatically reduces the risk of depression. Coffee acts as a mild antidepressant by boosting the production of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, including dopamine, serotonin, and noradrenaline.

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Love - Jamie & Mike