Quick Coffee Facts:
- Coffee beans are seeds (two seeds) that are formed inside of a coffee cherry.
- Coffee cherries ripen at different times on the tree…so they have to be handpicked.
- A typical Arabic coffee tree produces approximately 2000 coffee cherries a year.
- It takes approximately 4000 coffee beans to produce 1 pound of roasted coffee.
- It takes 4-5 years for a coffee tree to produce coffee cherries.
- Coffee is the world's second most valuable traded commodity.
- The world consumes close to 2.25 billion cups of coffee every day.
For many years the Goroka Baptist Bible College has used gardens to grow their own food meeting the daily needs of the students. Several years ago we transitioned to the planting of coffee trees with hopes of one day selling the coffee for a small fee, which in turn would allow us to purchase our food and teach a life skill to our students. Growing coffee is a very labor intensive process. I hope the pictures will be insightful, giving a better understanding of the coffee growing process.
Jeff, who is in charge of the coffee operation at the college, is showing off our coffee nursery where we start and nurture our coffee sticks as he likes to call them. The red cherries ready to harvest on a mature coffee tree.
Below are two pictures of our Bible College students picking the ripened cherries. Each day the students work a few hours around campus supplementing their tuition.
Once the cherries are handpicked they remove the outer skin with a small coffee bean pulper machine. After the outer skin is removed the beans are washed and the drying process begins.
It takes about two days of sun drying before the beans are ready to be sent to the coffee roaster, where the roaster will remove another layer of husk and roast the bean according to the customer’s preference.
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