Did you know?

  • We use only specialty coffee at Matteo Coffea.
  • Until around 1870 most green coffee beans were cooked in a frying pan over a charcoal fire.
  • Coffee is not really a tree, but a bush from the Evergreen family of the genus Coffea.
  • There are basically 2 types used in commercial production; Coffea Arabica & Coffea Canephora (robusta).
  • Arabica coffee accounts for over 70% of the world's commercial production and only 10% is graded as specialty coffee.
  • Over 53 countries grow coffee worldwide, but all of them lie along the equator between the tropic of Cancer and the tropic of Capricorn.
  • Arabica coffee generally grows at 2000 to 6000 feet above sea level - Hawaiian Kona is an exception, grown near sea level, because of the unique climate conditions of the islands.
  • Most coffee trees begin to bear fruit after 4 to 5 years. A coffee tree can grow to heights over 20 feet (7 to 8 meters), but are usually pruned at between 6 to 10 feet (2 to 4 meters).
  • An acre of coffee plants can produce up to 10,000 pounds of coffee cherries. That amounts to approximately 2,000 pounds of beans after hulling or milling.
  • Arabica plants yield only 1 to 1.5 pounds of beans per tree per year. The bean is actually the seed of the cherry.
  • One pound of coffee is equivalent to 2500 cherries.
  • Healthy trees can produce coffee for 25-30 years.