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Topic: Homemade Dehuller for removing parchment (3 msgs / 90 lines)
1) From: Edward Bourgeois
Often I hear of homeroasters who end up with coffee that has not had
the parchment removed. A friend came back from Mexico and gave me some
last year. It's a miserably slow task and have not heard of a simple
and at all quick process. I found mention on a web site of dulling and
rounding the blades of a blender. Then pulsing the blender, dump and
blow away the parchment. Sounds like it could work. I have an old
blender and some beans left from last year I might try. Has anyone
heard of this method?
farm
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2) From: John Despres
I just returned from a trip to Mexico which included a trip to the El 
Trianon plantation in Coatepec.
I bought 2K of greens with parchment and in the course of discussion, 
the lady I was speaking to reached onto a shelf and pulled something 
down, threw a handful of parchment greens into it, pressed in a handle 
device and sort of moved it around like a pestle. After about 30 seconds 
she dumped the contents into my and they were de-hulled.
It was a wooden cup with a three inch opening, about 4 inches deep. The 
bottom of the cup was covered in bumps tipped with steel and the 
"pestle" portion was much the same. The tips were rounded over so the 
beans weren't damaged and it did a great job in a very short time.
I didn't ask what it is called, and she didn't have one to sell me. I'll 
be building one this week.
As to the food processor, check back a couple months for a post from 
Eddie. He posted a wonderful story about his family de-hulling some 
beans with a food processor as a surprise for him.
John
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3) From: Edward Bourgeois
For yuks I just tried it. Took an old blender I probably got at a tag
sale and dulled the blade edges and rounded the tips. Threw about a
cup+, turned on low and tipped the blender to the side a bit to get
some rolling action. After about 20secs I poured them out in front of
a fan and voila the hulls were gone and the beans that feel down onto
a cookie sheet looked fine!
farm
On Sun, Jul 6, 2008 at 12:49 PM, John Despres  wrote:
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