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  • Six out of 10 American adults drink a cup of coffee every day.

  • And many of them come from Starbucks, Dunkin', Tim Hortons, or McDonald's: four of the most popular coffee spots in the country.

  • But where in the world does all of this coffee come from?

  • Starbucks sources its coffee from more than 30 countries in the three major growing regions of the world.

  • The company's breakfast and house blends come from Latin America.

  • And their popular Pike Place roast comes from Colombia and Brazil.

  • After sourcing the beans, Starbucks roasts them in the US and then distributes them among more than 14,000 stores nationwide.

  • And then there's Dunkin'.

  • Like Starbucks, much of Dunkin's coffee comes from Latin America.

  • These countries include Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru.

  • Once the beans arrive stateside, Dunkin' roasts them in one of seven facilities and then brews them to serve at more than 9,000 stores across the country.

  • And next, we have Tim Hortons.

  • Tim Hortons' coffee comes from several countries in Asia and Latin America, including Brazil and Colombia, and, occasionally, they'll source beans from Africa.

  • The company then roasts the beans in New York and Ontario and brews them to serve at around 700 stores in the US.

  • And finally, we've got McCafé.

  • That's McDonald's coffee brand, which launched in 2009.

  • McCafé sources a lot of its beans from Colombia and Brazil, and the rest comes mostly from other countries in Latin America.

  • Those beans are then brought back to the US for roasting and serving at one of the chain's 14,000 locations nationwide.

  • If there's one thing these companies have in common, it's that they source beans from a lot of different countries.

  • But why?

  • Well, it starts with flavor.

  • Geography can actually greatly affect the taste of coffee beans.

  • Colombian coffee, for example, tends to be sweet and nutty, whereas coffee from Indonesia often tastes more earthy.

  • And the second reason is risk, which there's a lot of when it comes to growing coffee.

  • Droughts and bug infestations, for example, are common and can easily decimate a country's harvest.

  • So companies source from different countries to prevent a sudden drop in supply.

  • And the third and final reason is that companies want to ensure a more steady supply.

  • You see, beans are ready for harvest at different times in different parts of the world.

  • So by sourcing coffee from several different countries, companies will always have a steady source of beans to buy.

  • And that's a good thing, because Americans without coffee are not people you want to face.

Six out of 10 American adults drink a cup of coffee every day.

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