I will be posting more coffee farm pictures during this week about coffee farms I have visited in Latin America. This post its only part of a series of pictures I took at many Latin America coffee farms. If you like you can grab the Panama coffee mug and show your support. Perfect mug to take to work and code with coffee if you’re a developer.
I enjoy taking pictures of coffee farms in Latin America. The idea is to show you where Cocotu’s coffee comes from. I also like to show you the hard work it takes to produce a great cup of specialty coffee and why it’s worth the price.
For most, the above image means nothing. But, this means a lot when grading a coffee farm’s use of chemicals. As you can see little plants are growing one the soil, there are also insects like ants and worms hanging out. If a coffee farm is heavily under pesticide use you would not see life on the ground under the coffee trees.
Arabica vs Robusta. Robusta taste is more bitter than Arabica due to its high concentrations of caffeine. Arabica contains about 60% more lipids and almost twice the concentration of sugars than Robusta. Green beans of Robusta are about half the price of Arabica beans. Robusta is less sensitive to insects and plagues than Arabica. Robusta yields more caffeine concentrations which acts as a chemical defense against bugs.
Most coffee from Latin America is Arabica variety. Coffee from Latin America is widely consumed in big cities such as New York City.
Coffea canephora, commonly known as robusta coffee, is a species of coffee that has its origins in central and western sub-Saharan Africa. It is a species of flowering plant in the family Rubiaceae.
Coffee arabica, also known as the Arabian coffee, “coffee shrub of Arabia”, “mountain coffee” or “arabica coffee”, is a species of Coffee. It is believed to be the first species of coffee to be cultivated, and is the dominant cultivar, representing about 60% of global production.
Arabica vs Robusta is a matter of choice and availability at your location. Let me know which one you prefer in the comments section below. Remember to get your favorite coffee accessories featuring cool coffee mugs, T-Shirts, re-usable tote bags and more.
I met the Bolivian side of my family for the first time in my life when I went to visit La Paz in (2011). Our encounter was very unique. My Bolivian family members and I both spoke in Spanish, but with different accents (I speak with a Dominican accent). It was very funny.
Anyways, below are some pictures from that first trip about 8-9 years ago. If you like them, write a comment below. Also, follow me on social media @cocotucafe for more pictures of my travels to Bolivia and Latin America.
While I was walking in La Paz city center, this lady and her colorful uniform grabbed my attention. She was into something.
Many were in favor of Evo, but others clearly did not like him.
Beers, cervezas, chelas were mainly served in the big bottles instead of the regular 8oz we are used to in other countries. Huari is my favorite.
Abuela I never met. Rest in Peace.
Cool uncle Rolo hung out with me. We walked together everywhere.
Cholitas are hard working ladies running many types of business around La Paz. They wear cool hats and traditional outfit. Visit La Paz to experience a full experience of culture and fantastic colonial architecture and history.
The architecture in Panama City in Panama is outstanding. I did not know this cool city has so many modern skyscrapers and super modern architecture. I felt the economy in this country was outstanding, even though there are many poor neighborhoods around these fancy buildings (as usual in many countries!).
Coffee production first sprang up in Panama in the early 1900s. At that time, though, there was wild coffee throughout the Pacific Ocean side of Panama. It was the Boquete Valley that stood up to lead the burgeoning industry. Pioneering arabica coffee, which the International Coffee Organization today recognizes as some of the highest quality in the world. Panama honey processed coffee is one of the preferred by many coffee lovers due to its caramel and dark chocolate notes.
Quillabamba is a province of La Convencion in Cusco. This region includes several coffee farms located from 1300 to 2000 MASL. Coffee farms are located around Quillabamba where I visited on my last trip. These are divided into several districts including Echarati, Quellouno, Vilcabamba, Santa Ana, Santa Teresa, Maranura, Huayopata, Ocobamba and Incahuasi.
Pictures of Daily Life in Quillabamba province
Below are some pictures I took during my last visit to Quillabamba province. Let me know what you think. I will be posting more pictures of my trips to Latin America while coding with coffee.
Most coffee bean sorting is done manually at my friends specialty coffee processing facility Kaffee 3 Granos in Quillabamba. Here I was helping out and sorting some coffee bean on a size 14 sorting shield (saranda in Spanish).
Quillabamba is a coffee region about 4 hours away by car from Cusco. This coffee region is at the ‘ceja de selva’ means at the border of the jungle. I visited some coffee farms over there together with my friend Raul from Kaffee 3 Granos. Raul showed me the entire coffee process from harvesting to producing a great cup of specialty coffee.
See some of the pictures of Quillabamba’s night life to the beautiful landscapes this coffee region has.
Manual coffee roasting can be useful when you don’t have a choice and you want to learn the coffee roasting process. You will need a real hot pot on about 360F and keep stirring the beans non-stop until you hear the ‘cracks’. The cracks usually start at about 10-15min depending on the coffee bean profile you’re trying.
As you can see the roasting of these beans did not come out even. This can be due to many reasons. The coffee bean size, temperature, how much did you stir the coffee beans, etc. Always pre-heat your cooking pot before you start the coffee roasting process at home.
After manual roasting coffee, let the coffee beans rest for about 1 day. Then grind them using your favorite coffee grinder and enjoy while coding with coffee or watching your favorite TV show.
This was a magical experience when I visited this coffee farm in Quillabamba, Cusco in Peru. Watch the videos below where we used a rustic machine made in Peru to remove the coffee pulp from these juicy cherries.
This farm is located a 1800 MASL in Quellouno town which is part of the municipally city of Quillabamba. Quillabamba is a coffee region in Cusco and its located about 4-5 hours by car away from the main Cusco city. Let me know if you have any questions and/or if you like to get coffee from these farms.
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