But this blog isn’t about the basilica. We returned to Naranjo so we could tour the Espíritu Santo coffee co-operative. We have been drinking plenty (too much?) coffee on our trip. Why not see exactly what goes into producing that sometimes magical brew?
The coffee plants enjoy some shade. They currently have rainbow eucalyptus trees on site. But they are replacing them with banana trees. They grow faster and also provide fruit.
After walking through the plantation and checking out the plants we went into the building where they roast the beans they don’t send off to their buyers. As you can imagine, it smelled very nice in there, if you like the smell of coffee that is.
Two batches of beans were just finishing up in the roasters as we arrived. There is a timer, but the staff checks the color of beans visually by taking out samples. Once it is determined that the beans have roasted enough, they are poured out of roasting chambers into large cooling bins where they are stirred so they cool evenly. The videos below show the beans coming out of the roasters into the cooling bins.