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A coffee tree produces 1 pound of beans per year.

The annual output of a single specimen of Coffea arabica (about 4,000 beans) keeps the average java drinker wired for only two weeks. But what goes into the grinder isn’t quite what you see on the branch. Coffee trees yield fruit called cherries, which, when ripe, resemble cranberries in shape and color. Removing the outer flesh reveals two beans per cherry, which are washed, dried, and then roasted. The U.S. drinks more coffee than any other nation, and since only two places within our borders (Hawaii and Puerto Rico) have the tropical conditions needed to cultivate the crop, we fuel our coffee habit by importing 3.3 billion pounds each year. That’s a latte joe!

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