A coffee grower on the Island of Tanna in Vanuatu happily picks his ripening coffee cherries. He will then pulp the fruit. removing the flesh from the beans. These will then be sun-dried for several days before being bagged up to take to the local coffee factory where he is paid cash on the dry-weight of his beans. As other crops, such as the staple root crop taro, can also be grown amid the coffee bushes, this is an extra income for these small local farmers, who have taken to growing coffe with enthusiasm. Coffee has been grown on Tanna since the late 19th century, but it is only in the last 10-15 years that the island has produced exportable quantities.
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holmertz (31226) 2012-09-11 10:54
A very nice picture, well composed and with great colours. The tourist authorities or coffee growers association of Vanuatu (if there are any such things) could well use this for an advertisement.
wolf38 (29116) 2012-10-27 23:50
Hi Neil. An interesting portrait. Composition, light and colors are perfect. The friendly coffee pickers have all my sympathy. Overall a masterful shot.
mafegan (8622) 2013-03-16 22:13
Great portrait and as Gert has already mentioned this image would make a great advertisement.