Did you know that coffee is the second most valuable traded commodity? (The first is petroleum.) The world drinks 2.25 billion cups of coffee each and every day.
The word coffee comes from the Arabic language and means “wine of the bean” but coffee is a product from the fruit pit rather than a bean.
While in Salento, Colombia we took advantage of the opportunity to tour a coffee plantation and witnessed many steps the coffee bean takes before they are purchased and poured into the espresso machine. I was surprised to learn of the intense, manual labor required for my favorite drink.
After drying, a papery skin is removed – and then the beans are sorted.
Instead of fancy roasting machinery, we patiently watched as these coffee beans were roasted in a pan, enjoying the aroma as we anxiously awaited the freshest cup of coffee of our lives!
Presently we are on a road trip through the Scottish Highlands. We can get a good cup of coffee, but we are paying double what we paid in Portugal. Tune in next week for photos from this lush land.