On our last day in Chiapas, we were given a demonstration of the classifying process of the dried coffee beans. The classification process is the final few steps before the coffee is packaged and shipped to us here in Sonora.
The first step in the process shifts the beans to get the impurities out, before taking it to the second step which de-husks the beans (beans have layers), then to the final step which sorts the beans by size. Only beans which are not broken, too small or too round will make the cut. These beans are then collected, poured into burlap sacks (each weighing 50 kg), then placed on pallets. The pallets are then shipped to Agua Prieta, Sonora & we order them from Magdalena depending on demand.
It was absolutely fascinating to experience the enormous job it is to produce the raw product we work with in Magdalena. We knew of the hard work put into coffee, but there's another level of respect that comes with seeing it firsthand. Respect, that is, for the producers of coffee & for the coffee itself.