Tuesday, April 3, 2012

From the Bush to the Cup


an important part of our day...

and an important crop for many in this area...

Not only do we ENJOY drinking a good cup of jo but it's also a great social tool.

Who doesn't like to spend time with a friend, chatting over a yummy, smooth cup of coffee?

But, how much work does it take to get that cup of coffee?

It all starts with a berry on a bush...

The berries are picked by hand, which is a bit tedious.

The outer husk has to be removed, and then you
have the two halves.

Fortunately, there is a machine that takes off the

And then the beans are dried in the sun.

In good weather, it takes five days for the beans to dry.  They are layed out on a flat surface and then turned periodically with a wooden rake.

After the beans dry, another machine is used to take off
the next husk.

After the second husk is removed, the beans are ready to be toasted. Clay was excited to be able to do this step in our home!
But the best part...enjoying a delicious, fresh cup of coffee the next morning!

Something for you to think about as you enjoy your own cup of coffee...
The current rate for the coffee grower is 38 pesos per kilo...
which means they make $1.36/lb. for all that work.
How much do you pay for a pound of coffee?


  1. thanks for the coffee love! I need some tips on roasting my own beans...

  2. What I have learned is to start slowly. The green coffee needs time to dry out. I start around 200 degrees at first for about 10 minutes... and after I see that the humidity coming off the beans has slowed down I start increasing the temp. about 50 degrees every 5 minutes. Once I reach 400 degrees, I finish out the coffee to the color I want. There is a great color description on Wikipedia. I use an electric skillet so that I can control the temp. easily. Hope this helps, and happy roasting... Clay