The mission of Local Livelihood is to promote growing of specialty coffee as a means for families to make a sustainable living in their home community.
Is coffee sustainable?
Unlike some crops, a coffee field does not need to be replanted each year, does not require expensive chemical fertilizers and pest control, and is able to thrive under the shade of naturally growing forest trees, which would otherwise be cut down for growing other crops.
Ripe Coffee Cherry
The ripeness of the coffee cherry, when harvested, plays a huge role in how the final coffee tastes. Un-ripe cherries cause a stringent "pucker" taste, and over-ripe cherries lead to sour, fermented flavors.
The main steps to processing fresh, ripe coffee cherry are (1) remove the peel using a machine called a pulper (2) dry the seeds (3) remove the dried outer layer using a machine called a huller. At this point, the coffee is only 1/6th it's original cherry weight.