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I Just Found Out How Coffee Beans Grow And Honestly I'm Blown Away

We're drinking roasted seed juice.

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So, I saw this tweet the other day. And like roughly 20,000–57,000 other people, it kinda blew my mind.

But lo, in the replies, a revelation:

Um, excuse me, what? Coffee beans are FRUIT??

Here's what coffee looks like before it's picked. Are you ready for this?

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Yeah, they're like freakin' berries!

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When you split open the fruit, you get these two little seeds, which are what we call coffee "beans."

They're wet and raw and look very different from the dried, roasted coffee beans they eventually become.
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They're wet and raw and look very different from the dried, roasted coffee beans they eventually become.

It turns out that vanilla is pretty much the same deal: Not a bean, actually a fruit.

They're usually green before they're dried and cured.
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They're usually green before they're dried and cured.

So really, coffee is less of a bean soup and more like just hot seed water.

Soy beans are actual legumes, so a vanilla latte has some added fruit flavoring and bean juice.
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Soy beans are actual legumes, so a vanilla latte has some added fruit flavoring and bean juice.

Delicious.

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