It can wake anyone up in the middle of the night and early in the morning. Many people love it, so quality can affect the cost, but it is money well spent. People spend more time preparing it than any other of its kind. If someone does not love it, they have probably never had it. Everyone loves organic coffee beans.
It is a cash crop because of the world’s love for coffee. The average person in the U.S.A. in 2009 consumed nine pounds of coffee. That’s the weight of a heavier newborn child.
A person’s first French-pressed brew may cause them to wax poetic, if their love of organic coffee beans is in the right place. It is hard to reproduce the sound and smell when boiling water is poured into a press filled with fresh grounds from organic coffee beans. The mere heady burnt smell of freshly Frenched coffee can wake some from deep sleep.
Coffee beans contain caffeine, a psychoactive stimulant. Caffeine directly affects the central nervous system in order to relieve drowsiness and restore alertness. Too much can cause insomnia, nervousness and irritability. It is also an addictive substance and should be treated as such. An overdose on caffeine is possible at only one gram and can be lethal at two. An overdose from organic coffee is only possible, for the average 25 year old, after about 100 cups.
University students swear by it, anyone with an early morning worships it and many developing nations depend on it. Brazil produced 2.59 million metric tons of organic coffee beans in 2009. Considering each coffee cherry, the fruit surrounding the beans, contains two beans at most, one can stretch the imagination and still need a properly annotated map of coffee plantations to understand the full scale of production. 59% of Burundi’s average total export earnings are from coffee beans.
It is a luxury in some countries. Ethel A. Starbird began her 1981 National Geographic article The Bonanza Bean: Coffee with a recap on her “therapeutic” bath in thirteen tons of fermenting, ground coffee in a Tokyo suburb. Coffee has been a staple to Muslims since its introduction to their culture from the Arabic peoples. Turkish law once permitted a wife to divorce her husband for failing to keep the coffee pot filled.
Religion loves its coffee too: legend has it that Pope Clement baptized organic coffee beans so the beverage would have Christian status and not be labeled the drink of infidels.
If environmental impact worries anyone, look for shade-grown organic coffee beans. Growing coffee in the shade, as opposed to the sun, creates a lesser environmental impact but also produces fewer yields per year. There is no clear cutting of forests to make room for shade-grown coffee farms; a typical farm can contain up to 40 different species of trees, making a habitat for animals and insects and enhancing the soil quality of the farm. The workers must love this type of coffee growing as well: spending the day outside, in a forest, the smells and sounds of plants and animals everywhere. Sounds like heaven.