Saturday, June 20, 2009

Better Late then Never

Forgive me for the lack of blogging. I am not a huge fan of sitting in front of a computer. Here are photos from the Coffee Plantation. I enjoyed going to the plantation for a couple of reasons. One, I love coffee and it was really cool to see the plants and learn how they are harvested and everything, and two Andy the owner of the plantation tries to be as self sustaining and he tries to reuse everything that is possible. I was extremely excited about that part.
So coffee plants are naturally shaded by banana plants. Allowing the harvest of bananas also. Andy also grows other vegetables and he raises cattle.

Courtney has decided that she wants to touch every animal that she can. It is rather funny sometimes. She wanted to touch the animal that is used for pulling the tractor.

She was rather frightened by it. But she eventually petted the animal. Andy has a generator that is powered by water. He said that it helps but it does not produce enough electricity for what the plantation needs.

But the water from the generator flows down a slide and when they plug up the hole under the bridge, the water fills up and you can go down the slide. It is pretty interesting. He also has water flowing into a swimming pool and when the pool overflows it gives water to the houses.

When the coffee beans are ready for harvest they are either red or yellow, depending on the type of coffee. When they pick them they take them out of their red or yellow shells. What is in my hand is the beans right after they are picked. After that the beans are set out for a day in the slimy sweet mucus that gives the coffee more flavor. Then the beans are washed and the thin shell is taken off of the bean then they are dried by the sun and bagged and sent off if they have been bought. And once they are at their destination they are roasted, ground and brewed.

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