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Date: 29 Oct 2006 05:17:10
From: Donn Cave
Subject: Coffee harvest tips
One of my two coffee trees is starting to ripen some cherries.
I think so, anyway, because they're red, but yesterday when I decided
to harvest the first one, it was so firmly attached that I gave up
and left it on the tree, thinking it must not be ripe after all.

What do they look like when they're ripe? I had imagined the sort
of slightly translucent look of a sour cherry (pie cherry, whatever),
but these are opaque.

("Tree" in the same sense that a 2 inch tall fir seedling is a fir
tree. It's just a medium-large potted plant, the closer one to the
high east facing window. Couple dozen cherries on it, most still
green at this point.)

Thanks,
Donn




 
Date: 29 Oct 2006 06:25:54
From:
Subject: Re: Coffee harvest tips
On 29 Oct 2006 05:17:10 GMT, "Donn Cave" <donn@drizzle.com > wrote:

>One of my two coffee trees is starting to ripen some cherries.
>I think so, anyway, because they're red, but yesterday when I decided
>to harvest the first one, it was so firmly attached that I gave up
>and left it on the tree, thinking it must not be ripe after all.
>
>What do they look like when they're ripe? I had imagined the sort
>of slightly translucent look of a sour cherry (pie cherry, whatever),
>but these are opaque.
>
>("Tree" in the same sense that a 2 inch tall fir seedling is a fir
>tree. It's just a medium-large potted plant, the closer one to the
>high east facing window. Couple dozen cherries on it, most still
>green at this point.)
>
>Thanks,
> Donn

I do have some experience here Donn and thrilled to share it:).

Red means they are mature.(There are so many kinds of red, I explain
it to new farmers as "red in the blue range, not red in the yellow
range") I don't know what a ripe sour cherry looks like but if your
coffee is red, pick it.

Yes, sometimes you do have to snap it off. Hard on ones fingers to do
that all day. But you could leave your red on until it got closer to
purple and then you probably would not have to pull so hard.

When the cherry gets quite soft from a big rain or just maturity, you
can simply touch it and it will drop it in your picking basket.

Seems to be harvesting season!

aloha,
Cea
--smithfarms.com
farmers of pure kona
roast beans to kona to email


  
Date: 29 Oct 2006 18:13:14
From: Donn Cave
Subject: Re: Coffee harvest tips
Quoth beans@smithfarms.com:
...


   
Date: 29 Oct 2006 09:50:15
From:
Subject: Re: Coffee harvest tips
On 29 Oct 2006 18:13:14 GMT, "Donn Cave" <donn@drizzle.com > wrote:

>Quoth beans@smithfarms.com:
>...
>


  
Date: 29 Oct 2006 10:43:08
From: GeeDubb
Subject: Re: Coffee harvest tips

<beans@smithfarms.com > wrote in message
news:22l9k2t8uhnced9hvos20v2blphtn0fha0@4ax.com...
> On 29 Oct 2006 05:17:10 GMT, "Donn Cave" <donn@drizzle.com> wrote:
>
>>One of my two coffee trees is starting to ripen some cherries.
>>I think so, anyway, because they're red, but yesterday when I decided
>>to harvest the first one, it was so firmly attached that I gave up
>>and left it on the tree, thinking it must not be ripe after all.
>>
>>What do they look like when they're ripe? I had imagined the sort
>>of slightly translucent look of a sour cherry (pie cherry, whatever),
>>but these are opaque.
>>
>>("Tree" in the same sense that a 2 inch tall fir seedling is a fir
>>tree. It's just a medium-large potted plant, the closer one to the
>>high east facing window. Couple dozen cherries on it, most still
>>green at this point.)
>>
>>Thanks,
>> Donn
>
> I do have some experience here Donn and thrilled to share it:).
>
> Red means they are mature.(There are so many kinds of red, I explain
> it to new farmers as "red in the blue range, not red in the yellow
> range") I don't know what a ripe sour cherry looks like but if your
> coffee is red, pick it.
>
> Yes, sometimes you do have to snap it off. Hard on ones fingers to do
> that all day. But you could leave your red on until it got closer to
> purple and then you probably would not have to pull so hard.
>
> When the cherry gets quite soft from a big rain or just maturity, you
> can simply touch it and it will drop it in your picking basket.
>
> Seems to be harvesting season!
>
> aloha,
> Cea
> --smithfarms.com
> farmers of pure kona
> roast beans to kona to email

Please let us know when the new crop is ready as I'm out of Kona.....

Gary



   
Date: 29 Oct 2006 09:40:58
From:
Subject: Re: Coffee harvest tips
On Sun, 29 Oct 2006 10:43:08 -0700, "GeeDubb" <geedubb@qwest.net >
wrote:

>
><beans@smithfarms.com> wrote in message
>news:22l9k2t8uhnced9hvos20v2blphtn0fha0@4ax.com...
>> On 29 Oct 2006 05:17:10 GMT, "Donn Cave" <donn@drizzle.com> wrote:

>
>Please let us know when the new crop is ready as I'm out of Kona.....
>
>Gary

Oh, thanks for asking Gary. Totally crop 2006-2007 now! Just this last
week, we roasted the last of 2005-2006. We've been selling only new
green for about a month now and kept the mature and tasty green for
roasting purposes.

Have a great rest of Sunday!

with aloha from sunny and clear South Kona,
Cea
--smithfarms.com
farmers of pure kona
roast beans to kona to email