|View toward the production area of the finca|
|Coffee "cherries". Each contains two coffee "beans"|
While in the world of coffee plantations this may not be huge, the amounts of coffee produced are still pretty impressive. During the harvest season (October to February), over 1000 pickers, mostly from Guatemala, pick and process over 25,000 lbs per day. That's a lot of espresso's!!!
Founded by German Arthur Edelmann 125 years ago, much of the equipment and processes have been in place for many years. Electric motors driving large belts have been in continuous operation since 1926, and craftsman still fabricate furniture and machinery in the shops on site. Adam especially enjoyed looking at the beautiful industrial "big iron" of these early years still in use today.
|You don't see many marble switch panels anymore (not to mention those monster knife switches!!! OSHA, turn your head!!!|
|Repairing furniture the way it's always been done.|
|If work benches could talk, this one had stories to tell....|
Finally we headed back up to the restaurant for a huge lunch before the 2 hour ride back to the boat. All in all, a great excursion to a really beautiful place. Thanks, Ullyses, for sharing your knowledge and hospitality.