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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Arrival of some very special coffee (to us anyways)

Yesterday some very special coffee beans arrived on our doorstep: 2 big ziploc bags of Coffee from Mount Totumas, Panama, grown on Robbie's uncle and dad's land!
Mount Totumas is located in one of the absolute best, high elevation coffee growing areas in Panama. Neighboring farms produce many of Panamas award winning coffees, including the world famous La Esmeralda Geisha.
Robbie and I, as the coffee experts of the family, now get to further process, roast, taste and examine these family estate beans! We get to follow the beans from the shrub to the cup!

The whole coffee cherries got picked of the shrubs, then lightly soaked in water, dried in the sun and the pulp taken off the pits inside the cherries. Those pits are the coffee "beans". They still have a few layers of shell and skin around them, you can see it in the pictures. It will be our task to remove those...