I had never seen a coffee bush let alone a fresh coffee bean before moving to Ecuador. A friend of mine has five coffee bushes growing in her backyard and she is looking forward to roasting her own coffee one day!
Here is a coffee bush:
It’s really fascinating to get to see a coffee bush up close and personal as they say! You are not supposed to pick the beans until they turn red. And then you ONLY pick the ones that are really red such as in the photo at the top of this blog.
Next you peel that red skin off the bean and you have two brown beans back to back.
You split that whole bean into two:
Next you take those beans and dry them on screens and then you roast them.
I’m now beginning to see why coffee is so very expensive. All of the picking is done by hand and depending on where the plant is located, you get higher or lower quality beans which eventually make higher or lower quality coffee. Fascinating huh?
Ecuador has some very delicious coffees which are worth a try. My favorite brand so far is CafEcuador which is a Growers Guild called CORECAF. I like their Cafe del Gremio which is a medium roast ground coffee. It comes from the Ecuadorian provinces of Loja, Zamora Chinchipe, El Oro, Orellana, Sucumbios and Manabi.
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