Coffee: 3 Months to Your Cup

Coffee only takes a few minutes to make, but it takes three months for coffee to get from the plant to your kitchen.

We got to talk with coffee farmer, Alvaro, in the heart of the San Luis valley in Costa Rica about his small scale coffee production.

-It takes 1-2 years for a coffee plant to mature and begin producing fruit.

-Once the beans are picked, they have to be shelled, dried, roasted, and ground up before they can be made into coffee.

-There are three outer shells on a coffee bean before the green bean.

-Beans are dried slowly over a long period of time to get the best flavor.

-Once dried, beans are roasted for 15-25 minutes depending on the roast.

-Most Costa Ricans, or Ticos, prefer a medium roast.

-Most of the coffee produced in Costa Rica is exported. The country is known worldwide for its high quality coffee.

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