Weather has been bringing rain; perfect time to plant some trees!
Over the past few months, I have seen my coffee trees in bloom. Its flowers are very sweet smelling; like jasmine.
This time, I noticed three trees laden with ripe coffee beans!
Lucky I brought with me a small tub. I used this to contain the beans that I picked.
My method of harvesting was not delicate, I simply held to a bunch then brushed down along the branch to scrape the beans away. At times, a few branches were dismembered from the tree especially when the branch was packed with ripe fruit. It would have been more convenient if I had a tarp or some giant cloth placed under the tree so that the fruit which would fall off my hands can be collected; nonetheless, I was still able to get a substantial amount of beans.
The tub of coffee beans smelled of grass and earth; the smell of my weekend farm! It smelled like the sap of wild growth whenever I slashed them to clear an area or whenever I stepped on them! It smelled like the fresh earth whenever I dig a hole to plant a new tree!
I was so excited to start a coffee project but I just have a vague idea of what to do. I brought the beans back to the city to dry them out under then sun.
When the beans are completely dry, these need to be peeled or de-husked to get the coffee kernel. After which, the coffee kernels will be roasted; perhaps in a pan over a stove since I do not have roasting equipment. After roasting, these will be placed inside a food processor for grinding. After grinding the beans, I plan to place them in small pouches to give away to a few friends.
I hope this works. I’m really looking forward to sharing this!
During the last visit, I checked on the plants that I attached on the coffee trees.
Weeks prior this visit, I planted more than thirty seedlings of Vanda sanderiana, also known as Waling-waling which Joy gave to me. I checked them and they all seemed to be doing fine; there was no sign of dehydration, but no sign of new roots and leaves yet. The leaves turned into a reddish color, perhaps this was caused by the strong light and the cool weather.
Weeks prior planting the Waling-waling seedlings, I attached some Phalaenopsis schilleriana plants. All of them grew thick roots attaching themselves to the branches. Most of them are developing spikes which will show flowers soon! Since plants are not yet well established, it’s very possible that they won’t produce a lot of flowers. I want to plant more of these, so next year the coffee trees will look like cherry blossom trees.
Apart from checking the things I planted, I added a few more species!
The waling-waling or Vanda sanderiana seedlings made its new home to 6 coffee trees in the farm lot!