Friday, September 19, 2008

shades of red

first: i´m alive, in health and doing well.

second: with all the rain i´ve tried to do what i can. when it rains here things don´t get done; water logged soil can´t be shoveled; the road we cut can´t be driven on because of a muddy section; coffee shouldn´t be picked because the pezón(where the coffee bean attaches to the branch) gets soft and even green coffee falls off the tree when one lowers it to pick the ripe cherries. hence the house only has the trench for the foundation dug and our first real coffee picking started last week.

antonio and i argue about what is truly ripe in terms of red cherries. is it fully ripe when the skin has only a little bit of yellow and mostly red? is it fully ripe only when skin has that deep red-purple color? if we pick super strictly, we will have to pick the same tree every 3 days. how is that sustainable? i still try to hold the quality line, but i also want to have a few bags to show for effort here. . .

i must run to visit a coffee coop in Monte Bonito.

be well friends.

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