Coffee Facts



  • Coffee beans are not actually beans at all; they are the seeds inside the red coffee berries.
  • Coffee plants can grow to over 6 m tall, but they are usually pruned to under 4 m to make picking easier.
  • A coffee plant yields only enough berries to make about 0.7 kg of coffee each year.
  • Coffee berries are picked by hand then pulped to remove the flesh and finally roasted.
  • Tea is the leaves of the evergreen tea plant that grows in the tropics, mostly at an altitude of between 1000 and 2000 m.
  • Coffee comes from the glossy, evergreen Coffee arabica shrub, which originally grew wild in Ethiopia. Coffee is now grown in tropical countries around the world.
  • The coffee plant is a mountain plant and grows best from about 1000 to 2500 m up.
  • Workers called ‘tea pluckers’ pick leaves from mature tea plants by hand. The leaves are then taken to a nearby factory to be dried, crushed and treated.
  • Tea plants have small, white, scented flowers and nuts that look like hazelnuts.
  • Tea plants grow 9 m tall but they are pruned to 3 m.
  • Legend says Ethiopian goatherds discovered coffee when they saw their goats staying awake all night after eating the berries of the coffee plant.