The fruit of a tropical evergreen tree from whose beans is prepared a favorie beverage. In its wild state the coffee tree grows from 20 to 30 feet high, but when cultivated is not allowed to grow more than 8 or 10 feet. Its flowers are small, white, and fragrant-smelling, and grow in thick clusters. Its berry or fruit is like a cherry, and contains two seeds or beans. The first crop of fruit appears when the trees are three years old. The plants bear fruit for many months, so that several crops can be gathered in a year. The berries are dried; then the beans are removed by rollers from the pulp that surrounds them. Coffee thrives in moist, warm countries, as Abyssinia, Arabia, Brazil, Ceylon, Java, and the West Indies. To make coffee, the beans are roasted and then ground to a fine powder. Boiling water is then poured on the ground coffee ; this dissolves a substance called caffein. The best coffee is the Mocha, grown in Arabia. Java coffee is also of fine quality. There are many other varieties, differing greatly in flavor. Coffee is used very largely in the United States.

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