Coffee Slide Show
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About 28 of the world's tropical countries contribute significantly to the 11 million hectares devoted to coffee plantations, spilling 6.2 million metric tons of green coffee beans (processed, dried and ready for roasting) into the world's trade system in 1998.
In its raw form, as seen here in these cherries, coffee creates a sight to behold. This physical beauty, however, belies both a burdensome social system that has channelled it from tree to cup for generations and, more recently, some changes in the way it is produced that could be affecting local and global ecological dynamics.