Visited a coffee plantation that grows high-end coffee for the international markets. Three pickings are done over a four-month period. Only the red beans are picked each time. It’s an old-school method with shelling, washing, and drying of the beans. Some of the coffee from this plantation sells for $4,500 for a single bag. None of those beans ever hit the American markets.
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Coffee beans growing.
Plantation processing building.
Guide showing us how the beans are picked.
Coffee processing equipment.
Shelling and washing the beans.
Washing the beans.
Beans are sun-dried for several days being turned by hand every two hours.
Bag on the left is the highest quality of white beans and sells for $4,500. Middle bag is high quality and the bag on the
right is a mixture of middle and low quality beans. The bag on the right is what is exported to America.
Old processing equipment.