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billy tonkin

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Transcript of Coffee

Systems theory through coffee
Yep, this prezi is about coffee!
1.4 billion cups of coffee are brewed around the world everyday (2)

That's a lot of coffee! We now know significantly
more knowledge about the source of our coffee,
but I thought we could take a quick look at it as a system.

So, what are the system elements?
There are a number of steps in producing coffee, starting with the obvious; plant some seeds.
Coffea trees take around 5 years to produce fruit, which emerge from a white flower as a green fruit, then a cherry red fruit. These are called coffee cherries
Then the cherries must be sorted, graded and processed through a wet or dry process, roasted, packaged and sent to sellers.
It is a long and detailed process.
If one step is missed the coffee cherries may be ruined (3).

Trade Factors
As well as the agricultural factors of growing and harvesting, coffee production is deeply entrenched in the world's trade and economic systems.
A couple of years of drought in Brazil (the world's largest producer of coffee beans), has sent the cost of the average cup of coffee up.
In terms of systems, this affects the growers, the market, the retailers and of course, you and me and what's in our wallet.
Growth and sale of coffee beans has long been cornered by Brazil, however Vietnam is now second and on its way to potentially overtake Brazil (4).
What impact do you think this might this have on Brazilian and Vietnamese economics?

No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main (1)

1. https://web.cs.dal.ca/~johnston/poetry/island.html
2. http://www.streetdirectory.com/food_editorials/beverages/coffee/coffee_consumption_around_the_world.html
3. https://topecacoffee.com/seed-to-cup-the-journey-of-a-cup-of-coffee/
* There are many more detailed steps to the coffee making process, but there isn't room here to include them all. Click the links in the references section for more info *
Roasting then....
and the best part....
Drinking it!
So, the humble cup of coffee is a part of local, global and economic system...as well as part of my system as a teacher :)
I hope you found this useful!
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