El Balcon del Yaracuy

A Side Trip of the Caracas Victoria Society
Parque de la Exótica Flora Tropical
San Felipe, Yaracuy, Venezuela

Text & photos by Juli Carbonell - Click to enlarge

Gertrud invited us for lunch at El Balcon del Yaracuy, her small coffee plantation 1400 meters above San Felipe, a nice cool place about an hour away from the oppressive heat of the valley below. The von Fedaks have built a European style mountain house which they rent to selected visitors. This house has 8 bedrooms, all with private bath, and is fully equipped including domestic staff and meals.

A cozy corner of the living room


For lunch everybody helped in the kitchen. I was the exception since I take the pictures!

Coffee Processing

Tanks for the coffee beans -
Left tank: beans as they come from the coffee tree must soak for several days to loosen their skin
Right tank: beans after having been descerezadas (sort of peeled) before the drying process

The drying machine - After the beans are descerezadas they have to be dried before roasting and grinding >

Luis observes the descerezado process.
Coffee beans as they come from
the descerezadora machine.


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