Monday, January 16, 2012

Did you know when is the harvest season in Doka Estate?

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In January during the harvest season Doka Estate receives around 65 “fanegas” every day approximately 1300 baskets with ripe coffee cherries

During November, December and January starts the harvest season when the coffee cherries ripen in the Poas Volcano Region. Every day the coffee pickers have to select manually the red coffee cherries during the day and around 3 pm the trucks comes to measure what they have picked and they are paid for the hard work, the measured for the payment is a coffee basket named “Cajuela”, and 20 “cajuelas” is 1 “fanega”.
 
Doka Estate Coffee Mill has more than 100 years processing coffee cherries. The first stage starts when the coffee is received into the siphon and then goes to the chancadora where these machines peels off the red skin of the coffee cherries to take out 2 coffee seeds that have to rest in the fermentation tanks where the natural sugars of the seeds are eliminated; then the coffee is washed and dried in the “patios” for around 4 days to get the perfect 11.5% of humidity to be storage until it´s ready to be processed for export and roast.

Right now during the harvest season Doka Estate Coffee Mill is receiving around 65 “fanegas” every day approximately 1300 baskets with ripe coffee cherries or 16.20 tons of fruit

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