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It started in October 2017. A tree full of bloom. Then, the harvest in May 2018 and the long process of husking, macerating, drying. Then it stayed on the bench for...well nearly 3 months. Too scared to ruin it. Today I finally plucked the courage. I thought, well, sitting on the bench for nothing is just as ruined. What have I got to loose? So, out comes the pan and 50g start crackling and roasting. Then, sift the leftover husk. Grind. Heat water and brew. Mmmmh...not bad for a first attempt. All in all, it started with 2.4kg of berries. The end product: 300g of green beans ready to roast. It really makes you appreciate that cuppa.

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Comment by Che Corrie on July 13, 2018 at 8:35

Awesome!  Congrats on getting to the final reward.  Would there be a workshop somewhere in the future?  I've got coffee saplings in the yard, with the intention of doing this one day.  Would be great to hear in more detail all the steps you went though.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 12, 2018 at 22:54

Chocolate-coated coffee beans - now you're talking!

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 12, 2018 at 22:13

WOW!  You bloody did it!  I doff my hat, good Lady.  Congrats.  

Comment by Dianne Caswell on July 12, 2018 at 18:33

Congrads Valerie, I can't wait till I can get some beans off my trees and make coffee or Choc Coated Coffee Beans. You are an inspiration along with You, Dave, Andy and Many other Members what you all come up with is great. Thanks so much for sharing. That's what BLF is all about.

Sorry I have been a little slack lately with the Preserving and Bread Making etc. but I intend to get into it  again next week seeing as you have all inspired me (or rather made me feel a little guilty?).

Comment by Valerie on July 12, 2018 at 15:38

Whoops. It should read (corrected now) It started with 2.4kg of fresh berries and ended up with 300g of coffee. A bit less than the 1 to 6 typical ratio but not bad considering this is the first attempt with the whole process. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 12, 2018 at 13:49
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 12, 2018 at 10:15

Good to hear. It sounds like a tedious process. Not clear what started with 2.4kg of beans and ended with 300g.

Comment by Valerie on July 12, 2018 at 10:08

Yes, definitely. Knowing it grew in my garden, something I never dreamt I could do, definitely worth the satisfaction. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 12, 2018 at 10:02

Flavour worth the effort?

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