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Coffee is the world's most popular drink after water, with over 400. cups consumed annually. Coffee is the largest food commodity traded worldwide. Many people in the Western world depend daily on their fresh cup of coffee. Coffee is derived from coffee beans, or cherries, which come from an evergreen tree grown in a narrow subtropical belt around the world.


History of coffee

The coffee plant

Production of coffee

Coffee producing regions

Decafeination of coffee

Chemistry of coffee

Coffee aroma descriptors

Coffee drinks

Questions and answers on coffee

Coffee producers (links)


Coffee has been used for over 1000 years, originating from Ethiopia and the Arab peninsula, and is now widely available in all corners of the world.

Coffee has a delicate, chemically complex, flavour and a slightly bitter/acid taste. Coffee is also a rich source of caffein, a stimulating compound, which may help to keep you awake and alert.

The traditional Arab-style coffee, strong and sweet, has been replaced by a large range of fresh and powdered coffee drinks that suits the taste of everyone.


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