We strive to bring you the latest news surrounding our industry and here's an article we just came across that highlights some of the benefits of including coffee in your morning routine, especially if you're trying to lose weight.
Just another reason to get up early and drink your coffee before hitting the gym for your workout. Apparently, coffee is a secret superfood.
We enjoyed a nice visit with family this week. Pictured are Joan and Dave Stewart, Jim Stewart and wife Luz Marina Trujillo(Stewart) and our mother Virginia Stewart. We're all standing next to our coffee tree.
Luz Ma grows our Costa Rican Coffee at her farm. Here is a nice article about my brother and her published a few years back. Jim mentions several of our early business ventures.
What will they think of next?
While looking for the latest news on espresso and coffee things we came across a new product that's hitting the market place, it's coffee flavored wine. Now, we have had our coffee made into some fine coffee liquors, but wine is a new idea for us. What are your thoughts?
We are having so much fun with our small coffee tree harvest right now. Each day Dave eyes the tree for new ripe coffee cherries and then picks just the ripest ones to begin the process.
After picking the ripest coffee cherries then we float them in a sink of water twice each time skimming off the floaters. After floating the coffee cherries we remove the husks of the coffee cherry exposing the pair of green beans inside their parchments. At this point typically the beans are washed a third time then dried to an 11% moisture content while aging in their parchments for about 2 months. Then the parchments are removed, the beans are sacked and ready to be roasted.
Yes, if you were describing our coffee tree at Vista Clara Coffee.
Red white and green are the theme at Vista Clara Coffee these days. If you have a chance be sure to drop by the roasting plant and see our coffee tree in full production. Right now we are enjoying the fragrant blooms which give the office a beautiful fragrance similar to gardenias. Then if you look carefully underneath the leaves you will find both green and red cherries growing and waiting for the right time to be hand picked and chosen for harvesting. Once you look at the tree you will understand fully why coffee is hand picked over a long period of time ensuring each cherry is picked at it's peak. We are pleased that our tree is indeed both flowering and producing it's fruit as that is the sign of an even climate and means we're doing it right. It's been so fun to mimic the harvest that's been happening in Costa Rica except on a much smaller scale.
Often the cherries are hiding but here is a branch that is loaded with fruit.
Here is an article on the life cycle of a coffee tree that details more about the process.
Freshly roasted coffee isn't just a product we offer. It's an experience we want to share with you. And with every great experience, there comes a story. This is our story and we invite you to be a part of it.