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Topic: Processing "unprocessed" beans (2 msgs / 60 lines)
1) From: Mark A. Chalkley
I just got back from a trip to the Dominican Republic - a very sad
trip: the 18-year-old son of some very good friends of mine
disappeared and we went back down with a search and rescue dog team to
look for him, with the result that he was confirmed dead due to
drowning or other marine accident.
While there, however, I turned onto a street in a remote southern town
and immediately had to stop suddenly because the whole street was
covered with coffee beans.  Some dried (I think), some undried, but
none in a state resembling what I've purchased from SM, of course.
Anyway, I bought a few pounds of them for less than less than 50 cents
and brought them home.  I'm pretty sure they're completely dried, but
some still have the whole husk on them, some just the paper.  Any
ideas on what I've probably got and how I should ready them for
roasting?
Thanks,
Mark C.
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2) From: Oaxaca Charlie
--- "Mark A. Chalkley"  wrote:
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 If they were preparing beans for export then the ones with the
whole husk would be beans that floated when put in a tank of
water, the "vanos". Bug chewed, imature, rotten, etc. They don't
bother depulping them and will either mill them when dry or
roast them husk and all-for their own use and cheap domestic
sales. Seperate those since they can had really sickining
flavors, the worst. They could also be good, ripe cherries being
whole dried because the growers prefer them that way (me too!)
Not likely though. The ones in parchment can be cleaned one at a
time with your fingers, placed in a strong cloth bag and beaten
and then finished with your fingers,(coffee farmers all seem
able to just rub a handfull at a time between their palms. I've
tried and tried but it never worked even when my hands were much
more callused than now) or run through a hand cranked mill open
far enough not to actually grind the green beans, just tear off
the parchment. I've tried roasting them with parchment on in an
air roaster but it doesn't work very well. You might be in for a
treat, you never know. At least you have the freshest coffee
ever. Go for it
Charlie
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