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Coffee is considered one of the most favourable drinks across the world. It is a brewed drink that is made from roasted coffee beans, that come from the berry’s seeds in the coffea plant. Genus coffea is native to the tropical area in Africa, particularly Madagascar and the Comoros and also in Mauritius and Réunion. The coffea plant was then exported from Africa to various other countries. As a result there were over 70 countries including the equatorial regions of America, Southeast Asia and India growing the plant. Two of the most popular types of coffea plants grown are the arabica and the slightly stronger and harder robusta. Once these plants have ripened the berries are picked, processed and dried. Once dried the coffee beans are roasted to a certain degree depending on the type of taste that is desired. These roasted beans are grounded and brewed to produce coffee.
Coffee can be a slightly acidic drink which can result in stimulating effects in humans due to the caffeine content. With coffee being such a popular drink amongst many, it is presented in many different forms, such as, espresso, iced coffee, café latte etc. It has been said that coffee can be slightly beneficial for healthy adults. Coffee was heard to be first drunk in the 15th century by the Sufi shrines of Yemen. It was here that the coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed in Arabia, which was similar to how coffee is brewed and roasted now. The coffee seeds were first sent to Yemen from Eastern Africa due to people believing that the coffee plant was native to the Yemen. Yemeni traders took the coffee they found back to their homeland and started to nurture the coffee seeds. By the 16th century, coffee had reached the rest of the countries in the Middle East such as Persia, Turkey and northern Africa. From here the discovery of coffee spread to throughout Europe and the rest of the world.
There are 3 ways in which you are able to invest in coffee, them being through ETFs, Futures and Stocks. ETFs are known as Exchange-traded Funds, the exchange-traded products give investors an opportunity to gain exposure on coffee prices without giving the investors the stress to worry about rolling future exposure as expiration comes about. European investors tend to have more ETF options when it comes to coffee exposure. Coffee futures, despite them being designed to help producers hedge against price variations, currently have quite a well-developed and liquid market. Investors who are looking to add coffee to their portfolios can use these contracts. These contracts can also be used by investors who are seeking to speculate price fluctuations in a short-term. Buying coffee stocks is more difficult and challenging compared to the other commodities available. Considering how the coffee industry works it is a lot harder to simply invest in a company who produces the product. Most of coffees production only comes from small privately owned entities or farmers, which therefore mean to purchase their stock, would be virtually impossible. However, there are still a few limited ways that allow this to be possible. One way is through the Indian company Tata Coffee Ltd. which accounts for a large portion of Asian coffee bean production.
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