The coffee plant is an evergreen bush, with leaves that are thick, green and pointed in shape, related to the Rubicae family.
From this the two main coffee varieties derive; Arabica and Robusta. Arabica plants can grow to great heights, up to 8 meters, but pruning on plantations generally restricts this to 2 to 3 meters.
The fruit, called cherries, appear on the plant after 4 to 5 years.
With the aspect of smooth, green berries, they mature at different rates from pale yellow to a deep ruby red, resulting in branches that can be carrying blossom, green yellow and red cherries all at the same time.
Generally grown in fairly humid conditions between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn around the equatorial belt, we rigorously seek out only the pricier, more valuable “Washed” coffees, which are taken after very careful selection and subsequent drying.
Only after passing stringent quality checks at numerous points along the supply chain, are the two green beans from each cherry taken for roasting.