This year is looking to be our best crop yet with coffee. We've already harvested quite a bit, and there is still more to go out there.
The problem we are having this year is that the cool, wet weather is playing havoc with our attempts to process the beans. After husking the berries, we have been leaving the beans in the sun to dry out. This only works if you have sun for a few days at a stretch. Consistent sunshine has been at a premium around here the past few weeks. And it doesn't help when someone, okay me, leaves the beans out overnight and there is a big downpout. Back to square one.
So the beans aren't drying out, and instead are going mouldy. We tried been putting them in a very slow oven, but even the lowest temperatures seem to be too high, and instead of drying, they are cooking.
I'm conscious that I've been chronicling a lot of failures and challenges in the garden lately. I'm trying to see the bright side of things, really I am. But sometimes, in life and the garden, you get a run of outs.
Here's hoping for some more cheery news next time