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Growing Coffee – Explaining All About The Rearing Of Coffee

Growing Coffee- Explaining All About the Rearing Of Coffee Coffee is a favorite drink of millions of people around the globe. Many of us wake up to the invigorating taste of espresso at morning. Indeed, this is a great way to start the day. The ardent coffee lovers simply can’t miss their coffee drink at various times of the day- during breaks in between work. A cup of piping hot coffee not only awakens us but also helps keep us energetic throughout the day.

Coffee drinks of all types, be it plain coffee or espresso or latte or cappuccino or some other specialty coffee beverage, are prepared from the beans of the coffee plant. The coffee plants, the seeds (beans) of which yield coffee, are grown on a large scale in various parts of the world. Over seventy countries from Indonesia to Brazil cultivate coffee. Usually, the regions of the world that lie between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer are the suitable coffee growing areas. The coffee growing belt includes the region around the Equator- Central America, Northern South America, Africa, India, Indonesia, the Middle East and the Hawaii.

Cultivation of varieties of the coffee plant The coffee plant is a small and evergreen tree. Cultivation of coffee takes place in plantations. This involves a labor intensive process that depends more on farming. That is why the cultivation of coffee is more suited for the developing nations lying in and around the equatorial regions.

Important commercially grown varieties of coffee are the Arabica and the Robusta. The Arabica coffee beans approximately make up seventy percent of the total coffee produced while the Robusta coffee beans make up the rest. The Arabica is usually looked upon as the best coffee. However, there can be a range (from excellent to poor) with regards to the quality of the Arabica coffees. That is the reason why Robusta beans may be preferred over Arabica beans in some cases. Finally, of course, it is expert opinion that is needed to decide what would be the right beans that would go into your coffee makers and espresso machines to produce the perfect espresso, latte and cappuccino coffee beverages.

Some coffee growing facts

  • The equatorial climate best suits coffee cultivation. Temperature range of 15-24 degrees Celsius without severe fluctuations is ideal for coffee.
  • It is the well drained, well aerated and deep soils that are the right field soils for coffee growing. The coffee plants need a large supply of oxygen for their root systems. This is why aerated soils are especially suitable for coffee growing purpose.
  • Rainfall required is in the range of 1500mm to 2000 mm annually. If the annual rainfall of the coffee growing region lies below this then the deficit has to be taken care of by providing for irrigation means.
  • The superior coffee varieties are better cultivated at higher altitudes (over 3000 ft) where there is an abundance of mist and cloud. With oxygen content in the air at the higher altitudes being less the coffee plants take longer to mature thus helping in development of better flavor in the beans (seeds) lying within its fruits (cherries or berries). The diffuse light produced by mists and moderate winds blowing at the altitudes prove to be advantageous in promoting the desirable developments in the coffee.
  • The Robusta or Coffee Canephora that produces the majority of coffee grown at lower altitudes is also considered to be more resistant to diseases of the coffee crop. However, it is the Coffee Arabica growing at higher elevations that are valued for preparing a befitting gourmet coffee drink.

The coffee growing process It might be difficult to imagine that the espresso, latte, cappuccino or other special coffee drink that may be dispensed piping hot from coffee makers [] or espresso machines have been sourced from the coffee plant that has gone throwing a number of stages of the coffee growing process. Indeed, the process of coffee growing involves an intensive farming process.

Propagation of the coffee plant is by using of seeds or cuttings. These are planted in special nursery beds. When the seedlings become between 8 and 12 months old they are transplanted to fields. Here, in the fields, the cuttings or seedlings are planted in wet, fertilized holes.

The coffee trees require constant special care especially the younger ones. The exact right amount of shaded sunlight (or diffuse light) needs to be ensured as also regular watering and fertilizing. Protection from pests and weeds also need to be provided.

Upon planting the coffee tree takes around five years to mature and produce the first crop. The trees with broad, dark green leaves bear flowers that resemble the jasmine. These coffee flowers blossom over a six to eight week period and the blossom to harvest period may extend to some nine months or so depending on a number of environmental and other factors. Ripening of the red coffee fruits (or cherries or berries, as they are also called) takes place within 6 to 8 months after the tree begins to bear fruit. Regular harvesting needs to be carried out since the coffee fruits become over ripe after some 10 to 14 days. Hand plucking is usually resorted to as it is convenient and best suited for plucking in the mountainous regions as opposed to mechanical harvesters.

Though it might seem astonishing yet it is true that a single tree upon cropping can produce sufficient beans only for about two pounds or a kilogram of coffee. This has been estimated to be produced making use of around 2000 coffee beans. These beans are hand picked by manual laborers. The harvesting of the coffee beans may also require quite a bit of skill as the picker needs to learn up to opt for only the best beans and discard the bad beans while picking. Attention needs to be provided to every individual bean in the bean by bean picking harvesting process.

Immediately after harvesting the processing of the selected coffee seeds or beans needs to be commenced. This is to ensure that the pulp does not get deteriorated. The coffee beans processing process involving drying and roasting finally makes ready the coffee that is to be freshly ground to be entered into your home coffee makers [] or espresso maker. Thus is finally delivered for you the cupfuls of perfectly flavored, delectable espresso, latte, cappuccino or other favorite coffee drinks.

Indonesian Cement Still Rely Domestic Sales

JAKARTA – PT Semen Indonesia (Persero) Tbk said, most of the company’s revenue in the first semester of 2013 was derived from the domestic market. First half of the company’s revenue reached Rp 10.91 trillion, equivalent to 95.53% of total revenue in the first half of this year.

Dwi Soetjipto, President Director of Semen Indonesia, said that the value of domestic sales increased by 26.42% compared to sales in the same period last year of Rp 8.63 trillion.

Of the domestic market, the composition of the Indonesian Cement revenues derived from customers in Java and outside Java almost equal. Java market contributed revenue of Rp 5.72 trillion or 52.43% of total domestic sales. Meanwhile, consumers outside of Java contribute to the revenue of Rp 5.19 trillion or 47.57% of total domestic sales.

In addition to maintaining dominance in the domestic market, Indonesian Cement continues to boost sales to foreign markets, especially countries in Southeast Asia. From January to June this year, Indonesian Cement has achieved record revenues in foreign markets amounted to Rp 511.64 billion.

“This number jumped nearly 170% compared to overseas sales in the first half of last year is only Rp 30.34 billion,” said Dwi

Acer Announces Aspire M5 version of Haswell

For those who are watching the development of Acer products, may have never seen or tried Aspire M5 which was launched last year. Welcomed the presence of an Intel Core 4th generation, Acer announced the newest generation Aspire M5 which now comes with the latest Intel processors. Besides the processor, there is also some improvement in various other sectors.
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Acer Announces Aspire M5 version of Haswell

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Acer Aspire M5 is equipped with an Intel Core i5-4200U, 8GB of RAM and 500GB hard disk. In terms of design, nothing has changed. Acer Aspire M5 latest version still appears with silver-colored aluminum body and stylish minimalist look with a touch screen measuring 15.6-inch HD.
In addition to upgrading the processor sector, the latest Acer Aspire M5 also features WiDi (Wireless Display) from Intel. With this feature, users can more easily to share the laptop screen to the TV only via a WiFi connection. Intel’s WiDi technology is not new, but not many laptops on the market today are equipped with Intel’s WiDi. Another improvement in the sector propagate speaker. Acer Aspire M5 presented with new speakers and a powerful 2-watt has been supported by Dolby Home Theater v4 technology for better sound results.
Acer Asprire M5-583P-6428 has been available in the U.S. market and is priced at U.S. $ 699. For a while there has been no news of when it will be available in Indonesia.