My big question is how can coffee farmers make more money with their coffee?
I had a great physics teacher and two great math teachers in high school, who both taught me that all big problems are just a bunch of little problems that have to be broken down and worked on to get the answer to the big one.
For coffee, one problem is the quality. You have to quickly depulp, ferment, and dry the coffee. If the coffee is not depulped or fermented in time, it will develop alcohol taste. If it is not dried quickly, it will grow bacteria or fungus inside that will ruin the coffee.
Doing these things in a timely manner, however, requires some materials. You need a depulper, you need water, and you need a drying bed.
The question is, then, what is the least expensive set up a farmer could have to make high quality specialty coffee?
An off the shelf depulper cost at least $250 here in Panama. For many farmers this is out of thier price range, or at least a very siginificant investment. By making this cheaper, more farmers would be able to enter the specialty coffee market, and those that already had could make more profit as they wouldn’t need to spend as much on their equipment.
Enter the wooden depulper.
You can make a depulper out of wood for about $50 in parts. This helps substailly in reducing the cost to the farmer. Right now we are trying to tweak the design a bit, but hopefully we can build some before the busiest part of the harvest comes.