COFFEE FARMS AND SUPPLY
Peje-West Coffee Farmers are
one of the oldest traditional farmers in West Africa. They produce shade
grown coffee (80% Arabica and 20% Rubusta) from the hills and valleys
of Lei hills. The Peje-West Chiefdom produces more than 1/3 of the country's
15,000 tons of coffee produced annually. This region is also known for
the production of other cash crops, such as cocoa, kola nut, and piasava.
Peje-West Farmers use a mortar and pestle to clean their coffee beans. Freshly ripe fruits are slightly pounded in a mortar, and beans are washed in large tubs of water and dried in the sun. Once the beans are dried, they are again pounded in the mortarto remove the remaining inner covering on the beans. The beans are then picked through for quality control before they are bagged for export. Their washing method prevents fermentation and therefore improves the taste of the coffee.