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The life cycle of a cup of coffee - A.J. Jacobs

TED-Ed2021-01-04
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The journey of coffee from family farms in Colombia to cafes in New York City involves a complex global supply chain, with beans being harvested, processed, and roasted before reaching consumers. The process includes hundreds of people working in dangerous conditions for low or no pay, highlighting the importance of valuing those behind the coffee industry.

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The global supply chain of coffee production is complex and involves multiple stages.
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Coffee cherries are harvested by hand on family farms in places like Pitalito, Colombia.
The cherries are processed, sorted, dried, and roasted before being shipped to destinations like New York City.
In the US, coffee beans go through customs, transportation, and roasting before distribution to cafes and stores.
Coffee companies have buyers who select beans from around the world, and logistics teams manage delivery routes for the final product.
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The importance of recognizing the individuals involved in the coffee supply chain.
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Baristas and infrastructure maintenance workers play a crucial role in getting coffee to consumers.
Many workers in the coffee industry are underpaid or work in hazardous conditions.
It is essential to value and appreciate the contributions of all individuals in the global coffee network.