The tropical belt girding the earth is
studded with coffee plantations. People cultivate coffee, or at least
pick the fruit from untended trees, in more than seventy countries. In
many of these countries, the fortune and well-being of the citizens
hangs in the little red cherries of the fragile coffee tree.
In a comprehensive country-by-country
analysis, the different coffees produced around the world are widely
being discussed and studied. They cover all the stages from harvesting,
processing, sorting, grading through to roasting, that are involved in
transforming the unripe green bean into the aromatic roasted coffee bean
appreciated the world over.