The CODECH microlot competition concluded on Friday of last week and afterward we had the opportunity to visit an incredible farm owned by Don Viviano. His farm is at just under 2000 meters above sea level, which is incredibly high. We have a lot of great video from the cupping competition and farm visits that we’re hoping to find a couple of hours to put together in the next day or so, but for now I wanted to share some raw footage of Don Viviano pulping his coffee. This process is called “wet milling” – removing the “parchment” coffee (beans still in their parchment shell). You can also see that Don Viviano, like the rest of the members of CODECH, dries his parchment coffee on his farm before delivering it to the community warehouse.
Randy and I are in Chiapas, Mexico now and will be visiting a number of cooperatives over the next week. We’ll have more updates for you shortly!