It takes 42 beans to make an espresso. But before the beans begin their grind to end up in your cup they follow a developmental process of growth and maturation that rivals an epic saga.
With ideal conditions, it takes 5 to 8 weeks for germinated coffee bean seedlings to make their way to the surface of the soil. 6 months later they are transplanted to the coffee plantation. Within 9 to 18 months the coffee tree will only be about 12 inches tall. It will take another 5 or 6 years for the coffee seed to grow to full maturity, producing its first full crop of coffee berries. The life span of a coffee tree is 20 -25 years.
Respect the bean.