Who drinks water when there is coffee?

Electricity was gone for the past seven days. It has a busy schedule here, places to be, people to see, you know how that goes. Believe it or not this was the first time all of my electronics were out of charge, usually its just laptop and phone and I can survive because I have my kindle. This time even it decided to call quits, so I had to find ways to fill the long hours of the day. Some mornings were spent picking up manure from the streets for my garden. I told my friend here and her reply, awesome! Send me pictures of your pile! While a friend in the states replied, well alright then…

#PeaceCorps.

I bought a jebuna (clay coffee pot) and now I make my own coffee from start to finish. It takes about a half a day, good use of time in my opinion. Heres a little photo documentary of my coffee making experience. My house smells like a busy coffee shop. (Please think of coffee shop names for my future cafe)

Here is a million dollar idea, coffee essential oil to burn. But it would be really sad to smell coffee and not have fresh coffee. Million dollar prank idea? 

I skip a few steps by buying coffee with the beans separated from its shell. First, we take out all the defective beans. 20 minutes for the cheaper coffee, 10 for the more expensive packed beans from the city.

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Then comes the washing, which really takes the most time for me. The first time I made coffee it looked clean so I just lightly rinsed it. Never making that mistake again. You have to scrub the life of the beans, replacing the water 4 or 5 times. 20 minutes.

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Then on to roasting. This is where the fun begins. Keep it moving constantly, making sure the roasting is even. Near the end, if you aren’t fast enough you risk burning al the beans and your coffee will end up tasting like starbucks. I guess it depends on how you feel about that. 10 mins - 20 minutes depending on your fire. It’s an art really.

He doesn't trust me to start the fire. Smart kid.

He doesn't trust me to start the fire. Smart kid.

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I have a grinder, but the family uses a mortar and pestle type thing, add time.

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Then you pour coffee in to the jebuna, fill half of it with coffee, the rest with hot water. Swirl it around and let it boil once.

Then let it sit so the coffee beans can sit on the bottom and pour.

My site drinks coffee with a hint of salt sometimes butter. The salt has grown on me, butter not so much.

Here is my taste tester, the first sip he spat out. “Add salt!” After adding salt he said, “Conjo!” Beautiful. #win.

He wanted seconds. 

He wanted seconds. 

More adventures coming.