Coffee harvest for a small batch

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!

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a blooming coffee tree!

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Ripe fruit on a coffee branch

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another coffee branch with fruit that is more red in color

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Close up of a coffee bean bunch.

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my tub of coffee beans, my method of harvesting was very crude. Notice how the beans come in different colors. I wasn’t so delicate in selecting the ripest fruit, I just yanked the beans from the branches

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every morning the beans are laid out in the sun to dry. This is just a fraction of the amount from my total harvest in the tub.

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on its third day of drying, the husks of the beans are now darker in color….now, to worry about how to peel these :))

 

The first Phalaenopsis plants

I’ve planted several local species of Phalaenopsis.

These are the first ones to flower at my weekend farm.

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Phalaenopsis schilleriana: the common tiger orchid. I planted a lot of these; by next year they will make some trees look like cherry blossoms!

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Phalaenopsis equestris from Quezon – it’s a very small plant, its flower is just a little larger than a pencil eraser. It’s fun to do macro shots with these small things.

 

I bought a tiny house made of bamboo!

I finally got a bahay kubo!

A bahay kubo is a Filipino house made of bamboo. It has a thatched roof made of palm leaves.

When I started this endeavor, I initially thought of building something from scratch. However, after some brainstorm on design and after scoping the materials and labor; I realized that I did not have much time to devote for a do-it-yourself project. Also, a DIY project will still require a shelter of some sort; hence, I was convinced to buy a ready-made house for my temporary shelter.

The house I got was 6×12 feet. It has a small indoor dining area and a small bedroom.

I saw it along the side of the road while driving home from a weekend at the beach yesterday.

I have seen ready-made bamboo houses sell for 50,000 pesos (1,100 USD) on the Internet. This one sold for 36,000 pesos (800 USD) including installation. I thought that this is a fair price so I got it!

The seller told me that it takes them a week to complete a bamboo house. They still need to install windows and varnish the whole structure before it is ready to be installed.

I’m very excited to return to plot next weekend for the installation!

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The Kubo which I bought yesterday! ..as seen from the side of the road

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a closer look of the bahay kubo from a corner

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the seating area with a small table was the first room as you enter the house

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To the right is the window with the longest bench in the seating area. The room is designed to have open windows, it’s generally a semi-outdoor seating area.

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to the left is the bedroom! My friends Gray and Elaine joined me in checking the bamboo hut.

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The jalousie window frames are not yet installed. The bunk beds in this room can fit 2 to 3 people comfortably.

 

The first Vanda lamellata

This is the first Vanda lamellata to bloom in the weekend farm!

The plant was a cutting separated from a clump of Vanda lamellata var. remediosae which originated from the Calayan islands in North Luzon.

…the original clump had flowers that looked like the photo below:

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Vanda lamellata var. remediosae from Calayan islands (photo taken at the plant shop)

 

I attached the stem cutting to a coffee tree at the weekend farm around two months ago.

…looking at the blooms, it seems to be more similar to the “boxalli” variety.

perhaps the cold weather made it evolve into a different variety at an instant?

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photo of the buds with an insect taken on Nov 2. (a month ago)

 

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Vanda lamellata var. remediosae. Photo of the flowers yesterday at my weekend farm… flowers already look a bit spent.

I took photos go the same plant yesterday and the plant is really a Vanda lamellata var. remediosae. The photo above (using a camera phone) just made it look like Vanda lamellata var. boxalli. Below are photos using a better camera 

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photo of the same plant, taken yesterday

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It only has a few flowers left