If you can’t start your day without your favorite cup of coffee, you are hardly alone.
Global demand for the caffeine-rich inky beverage has never been higher. Within just 10 years from 2000 to 2010, the planet’s coffee production grew by 0.5% annually, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. That translated into a whopping 7 million tons, or 117 million bags, of coffee by 2010.
And figures have been steadily on the rise. In the United States, the home of Starbucks, coffee drinkers consume three cups of coffee each day on average, based on statistics by the National Coffee Association. Most coffee is consumed in developed nations yet produced in developing nations around the equatorial belt from South America to Southeast Asia.