6/17/2014 How to make a cup of coffee

Here’s how you make a cup of coffee African style. First, hike to an African waterfall to get really good water.

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Woman cutting food for livestock.

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Stop at a “bar” along the way to fortify yourself with some banana barley beer.

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Tasty Stuff. You pass around the wooden cup.

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Getting close

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There, that looks like good water for coffee.

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Gather some water in an orange bowl.

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Woman carrying bananas. She is also the barkeep.

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Then you pick some coffee beans. They are actually coffee fruit. They taste sweet like fruit. The “beans” are the seeds of the fruit.

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Use this hand cranked machine to separate the beans from the fruit.

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Put the beans into a wooden pestle and pound with a mortar until the hard shell on the coffee beans is loose.

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Put in a shallow basket to winnow, separating the beans form the chaff.

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Start a fire and roast the beans in a clay pot, turning constantly with a large wooden spatula.

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They start out looking like this.

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And end up looking like this after being roasted.

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Roasted beans cooling.

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Next, pour the beans back into the mortar and pound with the pestle until ground.

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Once they are ground, sift and return the larger bits to the mortar for more pounding. In the meantime, have some water heating on the fire.

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Check on your rabbits.

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Enjoy your coffee. For a treat, mix equal parts coffee and sugar. Lick from the palm of your hand. Yummy. Ok, now you know what to do tomorrow when you wake up!

2 thoughts on “6/17/2014 How to make a cup of coffee

  1. Wow, I thought I was doing well to simply grind my coffee beans and use a French press. I might have to rethink morning coffee if I had all the steps to do!

  2. How to truly appreciate a good cup of coffee. We are so spoiled here in the states. Thanks, Shawn, for sharing your story and journey.

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