Monday, July 2016
A coffee farm is much more than just a bunch of plants, it also contains all of the machines and processes needed to harvest those beans and deliver them to your door. Let’s start our tour of the coffee fields in the processing facilities.
The plantations is the area where the coffee plants grow and looks very different depending on the time of year. After the first rainfall, the plants will bloom and soon, ripe, green beans will appear. Soon after that, the coffee trees will be full of red cherries and people will arrive to pick and process the cherries.
Once the coffee is picked from the trees, it is brought to the recibidor to be weighed and placed in cars that will transport the beans to the beneficio for processing.
The beneficio (or mill) is where the magic happens.
This is where the magic happens. Here are the processes the beans will undergo at the mill:
Although roasting does not always take place at the farm, it is important to highlight it as an important step in the process. It is during roasting that the flavors and aromas of the beans are brought out to the fullest degree.