Berries are starting to turn red. Last week, I picked some of my sister in laws beans, and this week, I picked a few of ours as well. Good news is that while there appears to be some coffee borer beetles in our beans, it is very minimal. This last batch had only 2 beans with the beetle. I’m so relieved, but still cautiously optimistic. We’re going to be treating monthly to help insure the level of infestation stays really low.
We recently made a big decision regarding our coffee processing. We decided to purchase a motor for our cherry huller, a larger home roaster, and a parchment husker. We currently have a cherry huller, that takes the red coating off the bean (see pictures above). As you can see from the above picture, there is a hand crank. It works well, and is a work out in some respect, but with the amount of beans we produce, hand cranking just isn’t sustainable. This new motor will make this process substantially quicker. For large yields, we typically sent our beans off to a local coffee producer who would take the parchment off the bean and then roast the coffee. These recent purchases will allow us to do this all by ourselves. The roaster that we had (and still have) roasts about 1/2 pound of coffee. The new roaster will roast about 5 pounds of coffee at a time. I’m excited to take this big step. It was a large investment financially, but in time in will easily pay for itself. Best of all, it looks like the family will be getting some special estate coffee for Christmas!!