Coffee of Mexico
There is a true cherry called capulin (Prunus salicifolia), when the fruit is dry it looks exactly like a dried coffee cherry.
In Mexico it became a local reference to a particular stage of the coffee seed during the traditional drying process, when it had acheived its highest natural stage of quality.
A stage in which the coffee bean is protected in its dried, sugary skin just before milling.
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Now, here are a few truths to ponder.In the earliest days of the introduction of coffee in the Americas, only 100% fully mature coffee cherries were picked and spread in the sun to dry, like raisins.
All their natural sugars were dried in.Remembering that all of the inhabitants of the Americas were indigenous peoples when the European conquest of the Americas occurred. Coffee was not here when they arrived.
In most of the Americas, coffee was introduced by the Spaniards, The Portuguese and the Dutch, who brought coffee given to them by the Arabs, who had taken it from Ethiopia and guarded it in Arabia for 800 years prior to releasing it to the western world.
Coffee was introduced as Arabian Wine. Coffee was given to the indigenous peoples of the Americas, but it was given to them as a yoke, to work as slaves.
They worked under the guise of religious converts under the caretaker-ship of the church, or they were owned by the Land Grant Holders whom had been given the indigenous people's lands by the Kings and their courts from foreign countries
The indigenous people's lands were given as favors and part of the spoils to the Royal families supporters, or the lands were taken out right and sold as part of the 'lock, stock, barrel and inhabitants'.
In Mexico, after the struggle for independence from their foreign overseers, followed a hundred years later by a victorious revolutionary struggle for democracy, where the yoke was cast off, when the land was taken from the land grant holders and the lavishly wealthy families controlling
Mexico, coffee took on new meaning. Tracts of land were divided up in part, amongst the various groups whom petitioned the newly established 'Partido Revolutionario Institucional' government.
A group of petitioners could request a tract of land. These tracts of land were referred to as 'ejido lands'. It was how the, once foreign controlled coffee regions and other resources, were re-distributed back into the hands of the 'common people' and the 'mexla' that had formed from the indigenous people's absorption of Europeans, into the new culture of Mexico.
Almost all of Latin America continues to struggle with the major issues of the expropriation of the traditional peoples lands for interests of foreign investments, not just their coffee lands.
In Mexico, after the Revolution, there were no slaves to do the work, labor began to cost money. Faced with the social changes in consciousness and an escalating cost of coffee production, the business world of coffee responded with the implementation of the labor saving water process. A Dutch coffee merchant practice utilizing a long known phenomena, 'Bad Seeds Float'.
With the world wide demand for the finest natural stimulant climbing, the risk of financial loss having been demonstrated to be excessively higher the longer the product is exposed to nature's elements, and whereas the cost of labor, due to the social abolition of slavery, was soaring, changing the way things were done was imperative.
Establishing the 'status quo'. World war II took the world's attention away from domestic changes, every thing was different, everything tasted different,food was produced differently and processed differently too.
By the late forties, nearly all coffee from production regions having water available, was being processed utilizing the practice of fermentation and floating. The public's reaction to the loss of the natural fruit flavor of dry processed coffee, was responded to by the industry with darker and darker roasts, masking the lack of the natural flavor of their coffee.
(Prior to the war, almost all coffee was light roasted.)
Commercially, coffee production no longer occurs with the same high standard, with the sugars dried in. The commercial production uses a process, mostcommonly referred to as 'water processing', or'water-bathing', 'washed coffee or 'cafe lavado'.
Primarily, water processing reduces the financial risk of weather damage, expands the marginal regions that are capable of producing coffee (all be it
marginal in quality) and replaces the labor of the men who traditionally were needed to turn the coffee in the sun every day. The labor force who did the heavy work of piling the coffee up in the evenings, covering it from the dew fall, spreading it out in the sun again in the early morning so it would not grow mold, ferment or sour as it dried. The men's labor was used for moving tons and tons of coffee from one phase of processing to another.
In the traditional dry process, when the coffee cherries were thoroughly dried, again it was the men who used wooden mallets to beat the bean's chaff loose from the seed, sometimestwo stone surfaces were used to mill the beans from their sun dried hull and inner shells. Many a child went to sleep to the rhythmic beat of the mallets that went on long into the night.
But that is not all that the water processing displaces, the work of the families was displaced too.
Along with removing a man's income for his labor, the water processing displaced the socially bonding work of the old people, the women and the children whose hands were used to sort large beans from small and good from bad, a very labor tedious, intensive and costly process, plus they also helped with the picking, the traditional labor of winnowing the chaff from the beans.
There were no other occupations available, there was no other income available to replace their share of the loss of incomefrom the harvest. They have never been able to recover.
Poverty is rampant in paradise villages, the people are being forced to consume every living thing of value within miles of their villages, the trees, the plants, the birds, and then, having eaten the animals, the inevitable, some member of the family has been forced to join the mass migration of the labor force in search of income to send to their desperate families or worse yet, sell their lands.
The old people and the children are forced to travel further and further for sticks for their fires, taking more and moretime and energy in order to survive.
This does not even touch on the millions of gallons of water usurped from village resources and polluted by their water processing.
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