Friday, August 22, 2008

The fruit of the coffee tree is called a cherry because it

is bright red when it is ripe. The cherries grow clustered

down the length of a branch, taking 6 months to turn from

green to yellow to red.

The seeds of the coffee plant or beans, look like tiny

green tinged peanut halves. A pair of them sitting

facing each other inside the fruit, although 5 to 10%

of the time a single bean, called a peaberry, is found.

In case you might have been curious.

20 comments:

tut-tut said...

The red, ripe ones look reminiscent of cranberries to my eye.

Merle Sneed said...

I am interested. I wonder how the first person figured out how to brew coffee.

bitchlet said...

I would have never know that the berries in the photo would later become coffee.

edward said...

i'm very very very very very very curious (and sometimes it is a little annoying!)

i am glad you put this picture and explanation up.

tony said...

Aint it odd (give that i drink gallons of the stuff!).i never knew this.....they look pretty.

Coffee Messiah said...

t & t: They do, don't they.

merle: That's a very good question.

bitchlet: Nature is amazing.

edward: Being curious and annoying about being curious is a good thing.

tony: Colorful, aren't they?

Hugh Beaumont said...

You know, son...I never would have pegged coffee for a fruit. It never even entered my mind. So you've taught me something and now I think it would be interesting to go to where coffee is planted and harvested. I didn't have that curiosity before.

lettuce said...

peaberry? that sounds sweet. i wonder where that name came from.

most interesting
and i love the picture

arachesostufo said...

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Mariamariacuchita said...

Coffee is the manna of the gods. Drink up.

Cuckoo said...

I would have never known that they have more than 2 colors that would later become coffee.

Cuckoo

mouse (aka kimy) said...

I am always curious! and like eddy sometimes quite annoying - just ask my f! but he still loves me.

thanks for the lesson on beans.... I think 'peaberry' is a very cute word!

annie said...

i learned a lot about coffee whilst working for t.c.c. i even have a coffee plant that we grow indoors. my boss had giant indoor plants that even grew cherries. not bad for the north coast of cali!

A.Decker said...

I've often tried to picture coffee growing. I always see, in my mind, brown coffee beans like you get in the bag, hanging on a bush. I like that I know better now, thank you.

Also, I'm with Merle; how'd someone ever think to roast this 'cherry' up and make a drink. I'm glad they did, for sure, but that's what I'm really curious about.

Coffee Messiah said...

hugh: We've wanted to do that also. One day we hope! ; )

lettuce: I never thought of it like that.

arachesostufo: Hi.

maria: Cheers!

cuckoo: Thanks for stopping by!

kimy: Well, it's a rather bland looking bean. But Tanzania Peaberry coffee is quite tasty! ; )

annie: The N Coast is good gro growing many things, as you well know.

decker: I'm guessing like most things in life, they just tried different things until something came out of it....

Joanne said...

It's intriguing that a cup of coffee, which brings so many people so much pleasure, stems all the way back to this simple little cherry!

Squirrel said...

I'm hoping to get to this supposedly fancy schmancy coffee and tea emporium this week. I'll take pix.

the coffee cherries remind me of the "sour" cherries --my grand dad had 1 tree and they were splendid eating. pie cherries he called them.

I can't stop enjoying my daily coffee.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

I wonder if those red coffeebeans might confuse a cherry eating squirrel? I'll keep an eye out for tanzanian peaberry coffee, with a name like that it must be good!

Coffee Messiah said...

joanne: Nature is simply amazing in so many ways.

squirrel:Look forward to hearing about the store. Cherry pie sounds pretty good, especially fresh and homemade. I hope I never have to give coffee up either. One of the small pleasures in this crazy life. ; )

kimy: All the varietals have a different flavor. You need to just try them to find what suits your taste buds.

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