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Coffee from the clouds

来源:Global Times

By Zhang Hongpei in Pu’er

Coffee from the clouds
A coffee farmer in Pu'er, Southwest China's Yunnan Province, holds coffee beans in his hands Photo: Zhang Hongpei/GT
 

Browsing on his smartphone for US coffee futures prices every day since a decade ago, Wang Chunsun, a coffee farmer living in the outskirts of Pu'er, a city famous for its synonymous tea in Southwest China's Yunnan Province, is optimistic about the prices he can sell his coffee beans for during this harvest season.

Having learned coffee planting since childhood from the father's side of the family, Wang can detect immediately whether a coffee bean is qualified in moisture and color. He represents the second-generation of Pu'er coffee farmers who have actively participated in the industry for decades to promote the grains' development.

Wang's father told the Global Times that he started planting coffee trees in 1992 when his family earned little profit. Wang's father sought to make a living for his family by growing mango. "Now," the elderly Wang said, pointing to the two-story house beside him, "we have built the new house and bought another one near Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Xishuangbanna."

With a coffee plantation around 100 mu (6.67 hectares), Wang expects to harvest about 60 tons of red coffee fruit this year, the quantity of which can generate 12-13 tons of the green beans inside the fruit.

From planting, and plucking when the green fruit turns ripe red, peeling and removing its internal pectin, and washing it amid exposure to sunshine, coffee farmers need to attend to the grains during the whole process, hoping their green beans can be sold at a handsome price to buyers.

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