The question What factors contribute to differences between coffee beans? asks the questions:
What are the different types of coffee beans, and what are there characteristics? What other factors contribute to differences between one bean and another?
This is ridiculously broad, as seen by some of the comments in answers:
To break this down, the OP is asking the following questions, all grouped under one heading:
- What are the different types of coffee beans?
- What are the characteristics of these coffee beans? (× however many kinds of beans identified in the above question)
- What are all the factors that contribute to differences between beans?
The first sub-question by itself would be also be ridiculously broad. In the answers to the question, different types of beans were categorised according to regional differences (such as African, Asia-Pacific, but could be broken down even more into individual countries), species and sub-species of coffee (such as Arabica, Robusta, Liberica, Bourbon, Typica, Maragogype), and preparation methods (such as washing, dry-processing).
The second sub-question isn't actually a single question, but many questions. For example, "What are the characteristics of Arabica beans?" would attract quite different answers to "What are the characteristics of dry-processed beans?" Even then, 'characteristics' would have to be defined: shape? flavour? texture? smell? shelf-life? caffeine content?
The third sub-question is also too broad, even if it was split into an individual question, because everything that happens to a coffee bean contributes to its differences: location, handling, sunlight availability, nutrients in the soil, water availability, picking, transportation, roasting method, length of roasting... the list goes on.
A key indicator of the question being too broad is that the current highest-voted answer doesn't even attempt to address all these points, ending with:
And a lot of other factors... :)
I've already flagged this for moderator review but nothing seems to have happened... yet.
So: what does the community think? Should this question be closed as 'too broad'?