Laurie amidst the coffee plants
I got married during a time when I had been deeply immersed in setting up a coffee store called Kaldi’s (see Monday’s post.) Our honeymoon was an academic journey into the South Pacific, eight months through Papua New Guinea, the Australian outback, and island-hopping across the ocean from Tonga to Easter Island.
coffee grew all over. Often it’s grown in small plots. Farmers clean it, dry it, and squat with their little sacks along the road, waiting for the buyers’ trucks. The small bags of green beans are collected, sorted, and sold it in larger quantities–
–or roasted, ground, and sold in smaller quantities.
Interestingly, many of the small farmers clean their beans by giving them to their kids to chew off the husk of the berry. Fortunately, the heat of the roaster gets rid of any of the kids’ germs.
So, what about you? Any coffee adventures?