Coffee Seeds, not Beans
Perhaps you’ve seen those tiny black things in glass containers when you’ve gone to get some good coffee.
You take a closer look and realise they have this cute little oval shape. And there’s a label covering the upper portion of the containers with the words “ Coffee Beans “.
From that point, the name sticks.
Every time you see them, you say “ coffee beans “ in your mind. Occasionally, out loud.
After the name sticks, that oval shape takes the image of a bean. Perhaps a black-eyed pea. And that’s when we start believing that coffee is,indeed, hot water passed through ground-up beans.
Well, today, that bubble has got to burst.
Coffee is not a bean, and I repeat. Coffee is not a bean.
It’s actually a seed.
If we go back further, it’s actually a fruit which goes by the name ‘coffee cherries’.
This means that there’s such a thing as a coffee plant.
There’re two main species of coffee plants. Arabica and Robusta, although the former is a lot more in demand.
In a nutshell, the coffee plant grows for about 2-3 years and then they bloom. Once the flower dies, the coffee cherries(fruits) start to appear.
Farmers usually handpick the cherries once they are ripe and then take the cherries to a processing unit where they are pulped (to get rid of the fruit part).
The seeds are then dried and then roasted until you get the dark and almost charcoal-like colour although that depends on the roast.
That’s what you would usually see when you go to buy coffee but you might have the chance to see the coffee seeds in their raw state – coffee seeds before they are roasted.
So, just keep in mind that they are not really beans but actually seeds of a fruit from a coffee plant.