Coffee Farming & Processing
Coffee plants are grown from seed in a small bag. The seedlings grow in small house gardens. The seedlings are then transported by donkey to the coffee fields at their higher elevations in the mountains.
As the coffee plants matures, the Farmers maintain and clear the weeds in their fields with machetes. The Farmers test their soil and fertilize as needed to optimize quality.
At harvest, the coffee fruit is picked by hand to ensure perfect ripeness of the bean. The fruit is then peeled and the beans from inside the fruit are washed and dried. It is vital to the coffee's quality that the processing and drying is carefully timed and managed. The farmer's vigilant efforts safeguard the high quality of the coffee bean.