January 10, 2011

coffee harvest in Panama {the coffee}

Happy Monday everyone!
I started my day with a cup of coffee which made me want to share with you some more images of the coffee harvest at my husband's farm in Panama. By the way, the farm is located at the border with Costa Rica.


The coffee cherry is hand-picked at the peak of ripeness, with each tree being visited several times during the harvest season to pick only the red-ripe berries.

The fruit is processed on the day of picking, and spread it on a drying platform for complete sun-drying.





packed and almost ready to ship

Coffee History

According to a coffee history legend, an Arabian shepherd named Kaldi found his goats dancing joyously around a dark green leafed shrub with bright red cherries in the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Kaldi soon determined that it was the bright red cherries on the shrub that were causing the peculiar euphoria and after trying the cherries himself, he learned of their powerful effect. The stimulating effect was then exploited by monks at a local monastery to stay awake during extended hours of prayer and distributed to other monasteries around the world. Coffee was born. Despite the appeal of such a legend, recent botanical evidence suggests a different coffee bean origin. This evidence indicates that the history of the coffee bean began on the plateaus of central Ethiopia and somehow must have been brought to Yemen where it was cultivated since the 6th century. Upon introduction of the first coffee houses in Cairo and Mecca coffee became a passion rather than just a stimulant.


7 comments:

  1. I love the photos. I can't believe your husband has a coffee farm! Beautiful beautiful place.. Thx for sharing with us.

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  2. I am not a coffee drinker but lovely pictures you have here! Happy Monday!

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  3. this is amazing!! thanks for sharing all of these!

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  4. How interesting!! I want a coffee field! :)

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  5. Im crazy about coffee and I love reading about the background of it..This is so interesting
    Happy Tuesday,sweetie

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  6. amazing photos. Thanks for sharing!!

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  7. how awesome is this?!?

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