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Topic: Coffee tree varieties that sound like felines (2 msgs / 63 lines)
1) From: Gary Zimmerman
Robert Cantor wrote (awhile back):
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Isn't there a drink called something like 'pulque' that's made from coffee 
fruit or has coffee fruit added for flavoring?
In any case, I believe that most automated coffee processing uses a stream 
or jet of water to remove the fruit from the pit/bean, so it probably 
destroys or dilutes the fruit for any further uses.
I've munched coffee cherries in the past, and they were very tasty sweet, 
but relatively thin over the beans.  Don't know about caffeine content of 
the fruit or leaves of the plant.
-- garyZ
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2) From: Charlie Herlihy
Gary Zimmerman wrote Isn't there a drink called
something like 'pulque' that's made from 
coffee 
fruit or has coffee fruit added for flavoring?
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processing uses a 
stream 
or jet of water to remove the fruit from the pit/bean,
so it probably 
destroys or dilutes the fruit for any further uses.<
 Pulque is the fermented juice of the mague plant,
source of tequila and mescal.
There are systems using high pressure water to depulp
coffee, but I've only seen coffee depulped by
squeezing the seed out between rollers. The pulp is
then piled and composted. It's fairly dirty, and in
hot humid conditions starts to rot right away. The
fermentation in the water tanks is to remove the
sticky slimey "miel" that would otherwise make the
beans stick together and interfere with floating off
bad beans, and later evenly drying them. Dry processed
coffee has the fruit milled off when dry. The dry
fruit is much tougher and chewier than, say, a dried
apricot or sweet cherry. I never heard of anyone
eating them. Most of the sweetness is in the "miel"
with little in the skin and fiberous pulp. Some of
that sweetness is noticable in a good dry processed
coffee.
Charlie
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