Michael Justin Kaiser's Blog (8)

Beneficio El Manzano: Partida 7 (Here comes the sun)

With Tropical Depression 12-E passed, the clouds have soon emptied and dissipated, bringing the late morning and afternoon's clear sky and sunshine.

 

At Finca El Manzano, the new harvest is more visible each day, as cherries begin to show clearly from the trees, intermixed with still ripening beans. Early in…

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Added by Michael Justin Kaiser on October 25, 2011 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Beneficio El Manzano: Partida #6 (Report on Tropical Depression 12-E)

After ten long days of the highest recorded rainfall in El Salvador since 1960, the rains have reached an end; at least in the torrential, 24 hours-a-day category.



However, despite the optimistic reports of the first sunshine in a week and a half, and sub-sequential reinstating of coffees back onto the patio, we await reports and coming estimates of…

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Added by Michael Justin Kaiser on October 25, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Beneficio El Manzano: Partida #5 (Weighing and Categorization Process)

There are a myriad of things that happen to a coffee, between the time it is harvested from the tree, to the moment it is brewed, cupped, and tasted; and even then, takes different courses depending on the type of cup. A universal experience, yet dynamic, delicate, and unique; sacred in its unrefined, natural essence and unabridged…

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Added by Michael Justin Kaiser on October 25, 2011 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Beneficio El Manzano: Partida #4 (Coffees on the Patio)

 

Beneficio El Manzano is now receiving coffee cherries every day, and with that the patios are beginning to fill up with the many different batches of coffee that has been processed. Batch number eight was laid out on the patio last night, however, like the rest of the current coffees on the patio, is forced to wait out the rainy afternoons…

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Added by Michael Justin Kaiser on October 25, 2011 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Beneficio El Manzano: Partida #3 (Profit Sharing)

Santa Ana, ES - Who remembers saving files to a floppy disk? Personally, I recall labeling each different one with permanent marker, and getting strange stares in college when attempting to retrieve a paper from one in my university library. And that was six years ago.

 

For many students in El Salvador…

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Added by Michael Justin Kaiser on October 25, 2011 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Beneficio El Manzano: Partida #2 (Mechanical Dryers)

The new mechanical dryer has arrived at the plantation, and after sitting at port for a hectic week, rests disassembled, scattered about the plantation, awaiting the completion of its covering at the new patios, for installation.



After being harvested, all coffee, whether…
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Added by Michael Justin Kaiser on October 17, 2011 at 9:01pm — No Comments

Beneficio El Manzano: Partida #1 (Batch One)

The 2011-2012 coffee harvest has officially begun at Beneficio El Manzano, in Santa Ana, El Salvador; receiving its first two batches of bourbon cherries on the twelfth of September from farms: Finca El Manzano and Ayutepeque.



After processing and…
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Added by Michael Justin Kaiser on September 25, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Coffee Tree and the Bramble

Over the past two months, I have had the opportunity to volunteer with a company here in El Salvador, named Cuatro M. Although many faceted, they operate a coffee milling and exporting business in Santa Ana, and have given me the chance to shadow, and experience firsthand, life on a coffee farm. I am really amped for all that lies ahead, and am thankful to the owner, Emilio Lopez Diaz for exposing…
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Added by Michael Justin Kaiser on September 24, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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