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Like wine, the most delicious coffees of the world acquire distinctive qualities and exceptional flavor by virtue of their growing regions. The best coffees are made of arabica beans only grown between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricon in what's referred to as the "Bean Belt." To grow amazing coffee, the trees rely on a few critical elements including the right altitude (3,000 – 6,000 ft.), temperature, sunlight, rainfall and rich, volcanic soil.

After three to five years, coffee trees produce highly scented white flowers which fall and are replaced by fruit or coffee cherries. The cherries are picked by hand when they're bright, red, glossy and firm. After picking, the surrounding pulp is removed which exposes the raw green bean. Beans are carefully sorted and graded based on size, shape, density and color. Port City Java chooses only the best of these carefully sorted lots of green coffee.

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Coffee trees produce highly scented flowers that fall before cherries are produced.Cherries of varying ripenessHand picking coffee in El Salvador. This picker could get paid $10 - $15 per day depending on the weight he picked that day.This is a depulping machine at one of the microlots Scott McLean visited in El Salvador.This photo was taken in El Salvador in February 2012.This photo shows one style of patio drying. Coffee dries to 10 – 12% moisture content here.Our Director of Roasting, Scott McLean, is raking beans on a patio in El Salvador. Green (preroasted) beans are raked every 30 minutes into these rows to prevent fermentation and mold. This is part of the drying process to get beans down to the right moisture level.Coffee Roasting - Port City Java Coffee Shop
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