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Coffee Life Cycle  The coffee bean starts as a piece of fruit called a coffee cherry. The cherries are picked, processed, dried and then roasted to create the delicious beverage you know and love. Each step of this process impacts the coffee you taste.
Coffee can only be grown in certain areas of the world known as the coffee belt. Different regions produce different flavors within each bean. A variety of factors including the altitude, climate and soil affect taste.
How coffee is changing

In recent years, lots of care has gone into all aspects of coffee from seed to cup. Coffee has transitioned into a drink that can be as intricate and nuanced as a fine wine — often times even more so. These changes are referred to as “waves”. 

Initially, coffee was mass produced commodity coffee with no specific origin. In the 1900s coffee began to be appreciated. It was traced to specific countries and occasionally origins. Now — coffee can be traced to specific farms and craft roasted to bring out flavors specific to each bean's region.
What makes specialty coffee so special? As opposed to commodity grade coffee, specialty coffee has a much higher set of standards it must meet including: ideal climate for natural coffee growth, few or no defects in the beans, uniform size and shape and score at least 80+ (out of 100+ on the SCAA grading scale.