There has been great progress at the beneficio in the past week!
Which brings us to the next update: the floater-separator and de-stoning machine have been installed. They were built into the floor, but received additional finishing work to ensure the proper dimensions. Additionally, each of these has a grate in the bottom which will allow water to drain out when not in use. This water will drain into a collection bin, then flow to join up with other water used in the beneficio. This water will then go into the beneficio’s water purification system (more soon!).
The receiving tank is almost complete. An incline was built in to help move coffee toward the exit. All that is missing is a gate at the exit and a faucet.
The fermentation tanks are also almost finished, with inclines built in to help facilitate movement of water and coffee. These tanks have a grate for the exit of water and coffee mucilage after fermenting and washing, and a separate exit for coffee. Coffee will go from fermentation tanks into a correteo (SPOILER ALERT: A new piece of equipment to be installed. More soon!).
The storage room finally resembles a room. The floor has been laid, and space has been made where the door and window will go.
There isn’t a ton of space inside, but plenty to store some processing documentation, a little coffee waiting to be moved into storage, or UMF employees pulling all-nighters watching fermenting coffee.
Oh yeah, and the view out the window isn’t too bad, either!
The vermiculture is almost completed. All that is left is the second level of cement blocks in the channels where coffee pulp will be placed, and a few more sheets of roofing.
Up next: Installation of tubing for the water system, finishing up the gate for the receiving tank, laying the last bricks and roofing pieces on the vermiculture, and hanging the door and window on the storage room. Stay tuned for more!