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Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Daily Grind...

At Uchida Coffee Farms in South Kona, Uncle showed Elliott and his classmates how hard it was to grow coffee a hundred years ago. First you had to lug around giant bags of raw freshly picked coffee beans and try not to sweat on the beans which would make your coffee salty...

Uncle had a great delivery which engaged the kids...

You wore a can around your neck and filled it up. Then you could go to the larger container and dump it in and get credit for you picking efforts...

Your freshly picked red coffee beans already starting to wither and dry...

You needed to skin them so the pale coffee bean would be isolated and exposed...

There was a crude machine which you put the coffee beans into to help peel them. And not your fingers...

Uncle shows the machine warning the kids not to put anything in it other than coffee. Like tomatoes, bananas, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Hotwheel cars, homework, etc....

The skinned beans fall down onto the burlap. You have to pick them up before the birds swoop down and try to steal them...

This is the generator which you started up to run equipment and provide crude electricity...

Uncle climbed up on the rooftop of a nearby farm building to show where the beans were laid out on the roof to dry...

He showed the kids a wheel...

That ran on a pipe track which allowed you to pull over the moveable roof to cover the beans when it rained. And then roll it back to expose the beans when the Sun came out again...

Here are the beans, and some husks, drying in the Sun with the rake used to rake them over the coals...

And here are the beans roasting in the Sun to make World Famous Kona Coffee in the nostalgic olden days...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow, this was a great and informative sequence to show us...I love these kinds of explanations

Ka`iana said...

Mahalo my bruddah Bear! I will strive to me more edumacational... : O