Coffee plants growing on a South American mountainside.

Coffee: From South American Mountainside to Your Mug

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It takes about 10 minutes, tops, to enjoy a cup of coffee. Have you ever wondered, though, how long it takes to transform a bean on a bush on a sun-drenched slope somewhere in South America into the hot, enlivening elixir in your cup?

We did.

And while we had vague ideas about how it all happened – bushes being tended and pruned, beans being picked, dried, ground and roasted – we were hazy on the details. So we asked our friends at Origin Coffee, the Cornish company that supplies us with the delightful decoction we serve, to tell us exactly what goes into producing our favourite beverage and help us plot our coffee’s journey from farm to mug.