Horse Back Riding and Coffee Farms
Trip Start Sep 15, 2008
122Trip End Jan 01, 2009
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After a quick lunch of the local speciality - trout, rice, beans and deep fried who knows what we headed to a coffee farm for a tour.
The coffee farm just started 3 months ago so it is in the very beginning stages but it was a very interesting tour. They not only grow coffee but also pineapple, oranges, 2 types of plantane, bananas, limes, lemons and herbs. We all tried a coffee bean right off the plant and it is pretty sweet. He showed us how to pick the coffee beans off of the plant - they usually grow in clumps of 30 and it is very easy to pull them off. They then carry them to the grinder and this is how they get rid of the poisionous skin. They dump the beans in and grind off the outer layer (which is a bright red) and the beans drop into a big bin of water, where they soak for 3 days. The grinding is quite difficult because they have to do it all by hand. After they have been ground and soaked they move the beans on to the roof to dry out for an additional three days. During this drying process another 2 layers come off of the bean so that it looks somewhat like a coffee bean. They then cook the bean in hot ovens for 6 hours and you have your final product. So it was very interesting to see all the different stages and then sample a cup of the coffee - which was very very strong.
We then headed back up to the hostel for an easy relaxing night in.