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Did you know that a coffee bean is the seed of the coffee plant? That means a coffee bean can be roasted and ground to make a delicious mug of coffee or it could be planted to grow yet another coffee plant.

A coffee bean is also the pit of the coffee cherry, the reddish purple fruit of the coffee plant. To harvest coffee, cherries are usually hand picked. Farmers either select only the ripe fruit from the plant or wait until most of the fruit on the plant is ripe and strip it, sorting out the unripe cherries.

Once sorted, the bean is extracted from its fruit by either soaking it in water for a few days or drying it for a few weeks in the sun. Once extracted, the beans are usually shipped green as they stay fresher in this state.

The main types of coffee beans are Arabica and Robusta.


At NESCAFÉ®, we care about the beans that go into your coffee. We only select high quality Arabica and Robusta coffee beans that meet our standards. When you buy a jar of NESCAFÉ®, you can be sure you are getting our very best coffee every time.

We’re also committed to sourcing all our coffee beans responsibly. The NESCAFÉ® Plan means we are working to train and teach local farmers the latest sustainability methods. You can be assured that every mug of NESCAFÉ® coffee is produced with respect to society and the environment.

Find out more about the NESCAFÉ® Plan and our responsible farming initiatives.