by Leo Maletzke Coffee is grown in 80 countries, is one of the world’s most popular drinks, and is the second most traded commodity after petroleum. A typical lifecycle of coffee has numerous stages and may involve the economies and geographies of multiple countries. First, the coffee tree grows from a planted seed in the ground. The tree grows over three years, growing fruit known as cherries. After another three years, these cherries can be harvested. The beans inside the cherries must then be picked. The bean is taste tested for quality, processed, by being dried out, and filtered.