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Harvesting Coffee

Coffee blossoms

My husband was talking with a neighbor one day. The neighbor noticed our coffee trees and said,

Oh, is it much work to grow coffee?

My husband immediately replied,

No, not at all.

I was standing behind him and my jaw dropped!!!

What do you think?

Here’s what I do to harvest coffee.

Plant the trees with some gypsum to help neutralize our alkaline soil.

Add pine needles to further acidify it,

Water and fertilize heavily.


Pick the coffee cherries as they turn red.

Discard any that float.

Take the outer red skin off.

Ferment for 24 to 48 hours, no longer.

Dry the beans in the sun for about two weeks.

Crack off the parchment coating.

(My husband did discover that gently crushing the beans between two boards made it much easier to get the parchment off.)

Green beans on the left, parchment on the right.

Store the ‘green’ beans until ready to roast. Then roast, grind and enjoy a great cuppa as seen here.

The coffee trees  aren’t suited to this desert and lower altitude, so I spend extra time hosing them off to make them think they don’t grow in the desert.

Does your husband think things happen easily? I would never say it isn’t any work to harvest the coffee like my hubby. He is however, a master of making things easy. It’s one of the things that attracted me to him. In addition to figuring out that crushing the parchment makes it easier to remove; he also discovered that smashing the ripe cherries between two cutting boards speeds that process up by 80%. He put water lines on our plants and cut my watering time by about 95%. I love efficiency, so I can do more things.

I have my comments off because I won’t be home till next week. Today I am spending my last day in Kyoto, Japan. I must eat some sesame tofu, (made from sesame instead of soybeans). It’s so yummy. I wish I could give you some. XD

© 2010 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.

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Posted by on October 25, 2010 in Abundance, garden, How to


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My Edible Garden

Last Wednesday, when I showed the contents of my kitchen, I forgot about nature’s pantry out in my yard.

Dragonfruit Cactus


Some things, like this Dragonfruit,  are not bearing fruit right now.


Lemon Tree


White Pineapple






Swiss Chard






Edible Chrysanthemum, flowers and greens.




There’s a post about my coffee here.


Frizee lettuce


Red Leaf Lettuce








Lillikoi Vine, passionfruit.




Kukui Nuts, the secret of beautiful Hawaiian skin.*


Macadamia Nut Tree






© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur


Posted by on May 10, 2010 in Abundance, garden


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In Search Of A Better Cup Of Coffee

My favorite cup

A friend of mine told me the best cup of coffee she ever had was in Kona, Hawaii; not surprising, Kona coffee is smooth and full bodied.

What is surprising is that she had it when staying at a boyfriend’s mother’s house. The mother roasted green coffee beans, then ground them and served her the best cuppa Joe she ever had.

I grow coffee. My yield was 11 ounces this year. I roasted some on Christmas morning. Today I have a sore throat and will be taking it easy, so I spent 45 minutes roasting coffee beans in a cast iron skillet. I stood right there and kept stirring them. I removed beans as they got rich dark brown.

In the past I might have roasted the whole batch at once in my oven. I  roast them on a strainer, to keep them more exposed to air, stirring after every 10 minutes.

But now I just cook what I need in a small skillet. That way I have fresh roasted flavor each time.

After making the coffee in my french press, I filter it through a coffee filter. I do this since reading at Oprah’s web page that coffee contains terpenes that can be easily filtered out. If not it contributes to high cholesterol.

It tasted great. I don’t live in Kona and my coffee trees struggle because they would prefer a higher elevation. My beans are smaller than usual ones, but they deliver on flavor. I’m grateful because that is what I’m after.

My husband named my coffee, Jeanne D’Arc Roast after Joan of Arc. I like that.

For information on harvesting coffee see here.

© 2010 Jeanne Litt All rights reserved.


Posted by on February 22, 2010 in Abundance, garden, How to


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Garden – Devas

Randy son of Robert

Years ago I was astonished when I read THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird.
What impacted me most was the discovery in 1966 by Cleve Backster who was a lie detector test expert. He had a galvanometer lead on a plant and noticed that it registered an electrical current, and made a tracing. Then he ‘thought’ I wonder what would happen if I burnt the leaf. As soon as he thought it, the tracing spiked. When he repeated this he discovered that the plant responded to thoughts and other influences, ( like music).

He found lesser reactions in dried and frozen foods but no reaction from canned food. That convinced me to avoid canned food, as having less vitality.

While adding the link here to Wikipedia about Cleve, I read that MYTHBUSTERS TV show initially got the same reaction as Cleve and then when they tightened the controls, they didn’t get any more reactions. This bothered me because I have faith in both sources.

Years later, I was in a class re: connecting with Devas and the Angelic kingdom. I went into it with an open mind and had minor experiences.

Now that I live here in Hawaii, I have seen Devas in my yard. It takes a little effort, or more accurately relaxation on my part. For me they always appear with their plant and look like the plant. The first one I saw was in the crook of a Kiawe tree.
It looked like the bark of the tree.  I never hear the Devas; I communicate with them by listening inside and with applied kinesthesiology. (muscle testing)

I started actively communicating with the Devas when I realized, I would come inside after gardening and feel all out of sorts. I have a tendency to take on the upset of others. When I clear myself of upset that isn’t even mine, I have so much less to deal with. I realized I was picking up ‘stuff’ from the Devas. Now I make an effort to ask what they need and how they are all doing. Having read THE FINDHORN GARDEN STORY by the Findhorn Garden Community, I knew some facts about what works in the garden.

I am left thinking, in the experiments on MYTHBUSTERS, when they added tighter controls, they cut out the Deva involvement. Maybe it is not the plant that registers on the galvanometer but the Deva. I want to see that TV episode. What do you think?

Addendum. I chose this gorgeous photo from  Flikr because it’s a beautiful garden. Mine doesn’t look like this. I live in a desert and most plants die, unless I keep them watered. We had six inches of rain here last year. XD


Posted by on February 8, 2010 in garden


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