Sunday, December 6, 2009

Coffee processing- - Part 1

Time to pick the coffee, and start the process of getting it to the stage of roasted bean. Here are coffee beans straight off the bush. Aren't they a gorgeous red? This is the first wave of berries, there are still quite a few to pick over the next few weeks. The first thing to do is to remove the outer red covering. This is easily done with your fingers. The red covering goes to the chickens' bucket (they are quite edible, if a bit sour). The coffee beans inside are covered with a slippery, mucus-y grey substance. They go into a container and just covered with water to sit overnight. After a day or so, the beans are then drained and spread onto a tray to dry. This can take anywhere from a few days to two weeks depending on the weather.

Will post with photos to show you the next stage of the process...

Meanwhile, shhh...don't tell the physio, but I've been working in the garden. I wrote a two posts ago about my ongoing tennis elbow problem, and how that has stopped me doing any gardeing for months. It was all getting too much though. The thought of nothing growing at all, in this the peak season was beyond a joke. I rationalised that a little planting session wouldn't too much...would it? So today I planted lettuce, cucumber, tomato, basil, capsicum and pumpkin seedlings. And the elbow doesn't feel any worse for it....yet.

2 comments:

Sincerely, Emily said...

It is great to see the coffee berries and beans. I have a tennis elbow problem too. Are you able to describe the exercises you are doing? I am curious. Emily in So. TX

Paola said...

Hi Emily. I am mainly doing two exercises for the elbow. The first has you supporting the arm on a table, with your hand pointing down over the edge. Then simply lift a small weight or dumbbell about 100 times a day. The other is a stretch where you extend you arm with your hand on a wall, then turn your head to the opposite shoulder. Sounds strange but this is vaguely nauseating...