Making a cup of Dominican coffee


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January 18th 2009
Published: January 19th 2009
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Our neighbour, Son, grows his own coffee and one day he brought us some beans...


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A great cup of Dominican CoffeeA great cup of Dominican Coffee
A great cup of Dominican Coffee

It only took a couple of hours to make!
Cracking and winnowingCracking and winnowing
Cracking and winnowing

The process of removing the shells using the traditional 2 plastic collander method. First bash the beans with a piece of 2 by 4, then pour them from collander to collander letting the wind remove the pieces of shell
Green coffee beansGreen coffee beans
Green coffee beans

These can be kept a long time. This is the state most coffee is shipped.
RoastingRoasting
Roasting

Under Son's watchful eye, I was allowed to do this myself
The roasted beansThe roasted beans
The roasted beans

there are bits of burnt skin that are removed using the collander method
GrindingGrinding
Grinding

in the traditional "sitting on the kitchen floor" mode
The ground coffeeThe ground coffee
The ground coffee

The grinder belonged to Son's mother and is rumoured to be 100 years old
A great teamA great team
A great team

Son the grower and Andrew the roaster celebrate a great cup of coffee


19th January 2009

Dominican coffee...
I grew up on Dominica and remember using a grinder like that many a time. I wouldn't be surprised if it is 100 years old, the one at my aunt and uncle's house in Antrim Valley looked exactly like that and had been in use since the late 20's. Do you live over near Calibishie? I used to love going to Red Rocks when I was a kid.
22nd January 2009

Where are we?
We have friends in Calibishie, but we are on the Caribbean coast north of Portsmouth - the village of TOUCARIE (and sometimes Toucari).

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