Monday, November 19, 2012
How to process coffee beans - Part 1
We've started picking coffee, and 2012 looks like the best season yet. We have three bushes, and with the high rainfall of the last couple of years, all the bushes have grown substantially and are covered with berries.
I would put growing coffee beans in the novelty category of self-sufficiency. Three bushes is no where near enough for caffeine self-sufficency for us. More than that, without machinery, processing the berries is labour intensive. Any more beans than what we have and the novelty would wear off, well and truly.
This is the first batch of beans for the season (the berries don't ripen at the same rate on the tree, thank goodness, otherwise this would be completely undoable). We've just taken the soft red outer skin of the berry off. Then, into a bowl with a bit of water to ferment for a day or so, before they go into a tray in the sun to allow the slimy coating to harden.
It's been an interesting couple of months here workwise at Spades and Spoons. I lost my job suddenly, but not unexpectedly, in May. Since then I have been looking for work without success. I'm guessing a combination of a depressed local economy, and let's face it, my age, are against me. I can't think of another reason. This has never happened to me before - I've always found work when I wanted to work. This time, it's different and it is difficult not to get despondent about it at times.
What irks me most, though, is the reaction of people to my jobless status, normally people who do not know me. "Don't you get bored?" they ask, as if it my choice to not have a job. Actually, no, boredom is not a problem I have. (I am never quick enough to reply "Jobs are for people who get bored easily!") Nope, boredom is not the problem. There is too much to do, and I have too many interests. Indeed, the upside of being jobless is that I've been able to pursue those interests. Another upside is I feel a lot healthier than I did this time last year when I was pretty much working full time.
So it's not all bad. I'll just keep plugging away with applications that don't get acknowledged, and keep hoping that Christmas will bring me a job!
Lastly - Blogger tells me this is my 300th post! Yay!