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Growing, processing, shipping… the coffee chain from A to Z Article Rating

Growing, processing, shipping… the coffee chain from A to Z

A delicious cup of hot coffee to start the day. A daily recurring moment for many. As many as 900 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide every year, which equates to 2.5 billion cups per day or 29,000 cups per second. The top 3 coffee drinkers are Finland (1300 cups of coffee per person per year), Sweden (1070 cups per person per year) and the Netherlands (1004 cups per person per year). With the Netherlands as a major consumer of coffee, this is a good reason for Praxas to do some research into this.

Where does coffee come from?

Coffee is most likely to have its origins in Ethiopia, but most coffee is currently grown in Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia and Indonesia. All countries with a geographical location around the equator and with a warm, but humid climate.
Coffee comes in different flavours. The taste of coffee has everything to do with the place where the coffee is grown. Coffee from Indonesia, for example, has a spicy taste and in African countries, the coffee will taste a bit more fruity and floral. However, the real flavour will only emerge after roasting the bean.

From berry to bean

Depending on preference, about 70 coffee beans go into a cup, which equates to about 7 grams. This requires about 40 grams of coffee berries. It is an intensive process to get the beans out of the berry after picking. How this happens affects the quality of the last bean. After processing and drying, the beans are exported to the countries where they are roasted.

Shipping of coffee beans

Coffee is transported by ship in bales (jute bags), bulk or big bags. Because coffee is a natural product, and the harvest depends on the climate, the harvest time differs annually. Shipping companies specializing in coffee transport take this into account, so that coffee can still be shipped as quickly as possible to the countries that buy the beans.
A lot of attention is paid to processing in order to get the right quality and taste. When shipping, it is therefore essential that the containers in which they are loaded are clean and do not contain any unpleasant odours. If the container is not completely filled with coffee, and there is a shared load, the smell of the other load can affect the taste of the coffee beans. As a result, there is a risk that the delivery of a constant taste and quality cannot be guaranteed.
A lot of time and attention was also put into the processing of the moisture level of the beans during processing. During transport, it is therefore important that the beans do not get too moist and that no condensation forms, because this can also be at the expense of the smell and taste of the coffee. The big bags in which coffee is usually transported consist of a woven layer through which moisture gets through. The coffee beans then absorb this moisture. When 20,000 kilograms of beans are transported, and the moisture level of the beans increases by 1%, no less than 200 litres of moisture are absorbed. Fortunately, relatively simple solutions are available that prevent this problem.

How can Praxas contribute to a delicious cup of coffee?

Praxas offers protective equipment to minimize risks such as the above during transport and thus prevent waste of coffee beans. Coffee beans are a sensitive and delicate product to transport. For example, moisture, but also smell can make an essential difference in the final taste. Both risks are counteracted with the Praxas Container Pack. The Praxas Container Pack consists of container insulation, which can be closed with Velcro so that odours and insects from the outside have no chance of getting to the cargo of coffee beans. The desiccants ensure that the moisture level is maintained and with the data recorders that are placed, the temperature and humidity are monitored. With the use of the Praxas Container Pack, the risk of cargo damage due to risks such as moisture and odour is zero and the beans arrive in perfect condition at the distilleries, which in turn ensure that we can enjoy our daily cup of black gold.

Do you want to protect your cargo?

Do you have questions? Or do you want to know what we can do for you to prevent waste during transport and storage? We would like to come and taste how the coffee tastes with you, while we guide you to a suitable solution. Of course, you are also very welcome to us.


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