Coffee, a favourite beverage for millions of beverage lovers worldwide and why not? To adapt to the crazy and hectic lifestyle of the modern world, coffee helps us stay awake. But let's say, even if you don't love coffee, there's an interesting load to learn as to what goes behind each cup as it brews. Of course, coffee beans are what make coffee but what about the laborious efforts taking place behind the scenes? Just like a small recipe in the kitchen, the cup of coffee you may have in your hand has to pass through many stages.
There are many processes that people may not be aware of. Like extraction of the coffee beans from coffee plants, preparing the beans and grinding them for coffee, and so on. Similar to many other products in the market, the prices of coffee too, are subject to fluctuation. Moreover, we also need to consider that plantation has to be done and is not always already present to derive coffee beans from. Not every country goes through this basic stage of the plantation, as there are geographical and climate factors to be taken into account. Hence, exports have to be made, which are then followed by roasting, distribution, and then finally retail.
Due to all the efforts that go into achieving the final product, the rates of coffee vary from country to country. It may be expensive in some countries, while in other countries it can be relatively cheaper. It may be cheap in some places, but overall, the coffee industry is a global business worth billions of dollars. Just within a minute, almost 2.3 million cups of coffee are consumed all over the world. And there are no chances of this trend changing in the future either. In fact, it may only expand.
The infographic below features statistics from the Specialty Coffee Association. It demonstrates the various stages that a cup of coffee has to go through before it arrives in the retail industry to finally reach us. Financial figures and notable contributing countries have been listed at every stage.
Infographic by: VisualCapitalist