Where is the best place to dry coffee berries? The best would be a fenced drying patio. In case the area is not available or the budget on hand does not permit building one, the street is the next best place. However, this place contributes to unusual coffee flavors.
1) Cat poo. Full grown cats are clean. They never take a bath but they are indeed clean. Rarely seen with a dirty body. Get rid of face stains and dirt after eating. Always cover their poo. The best discharging places are dry pulverized soil, sand and stony places. A file of coffee under the sun is a suitable place too.
2) Dog poo and pee. Dogs never poo and pee in close proximity of their territory, unless held captive. They find other suitable places. You’re precious coffee might be their next victim.
3) Chicken dung. Dog poo can be removed easily cause they are big, can be noticed easily. Cat poo is hidden – every cat is covering his discharge. Chicken dung is not hidden but their size is often equivalent to coffee berries. Better not mix coffee farming and free-range chicken raising or dry the berries somewhere far.
4) Dirt / foreign objects carried by wind. Ninety nine point nine percent of sun dried coffee berries have this. Wind is very notorious in carrying many forms of foreign objects such as small stones, metal pieces and broken glasses
5) … carried by slippers and shoes. Perhaps those people responsible for laying it down and storing it back are not aware that they are handling food commodity. On the other hand, not stepping on it is hard. I bet no one is able to float while spreading the coffee on the street.
6) … carried by rain / flood. Sometimes, the personnels are not quick enough to store the coffee before the rain. The coffee will be wet or the worst, taken away by flood. Wetting will also allow mold growth.
7) Oil and grease of passing vehicles. Who said coffee can be dried on streets? It can be but not the proper place. Streets are made for vehicles and not for drying coffee, palay or whatsoever. Don’t be surprised if the coffee got contaminated with engine oil and grease.
Good thing, coffee is roasted and ground before consumption. The microbes, dirts and chemical contaminants are probably destroyed. Hope so!
Engine oils are manufactured to withstand very hot temperatures. Small stones, metal pieces and broken glasses can also withstand roasting conditions. The four might still be in your next brew.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.