From air press to instant granules out of a plastic jar, everyone has their own particular way of making coffee. It is usually something to savour – the smell, the rich flavour and, of course, the buzz of caffeine. In many parts of the world, having a coffee break is an everyday ritual, be that to lubricate a social meeting or to accelerate a morning’s work. In fact, coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization. But there is more to making coffee than putting powdered beans in boiling water.

The coffee plant is often ...


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