Sorting Tales

Hello again from Tonga, where the bean curing is starting to go so fast we can’t sort them quickly enough.

The weather has suddenly warmed up—maybe because we’re headed out of South Pacific winter. It hasn’t rained since Saturday morning, and the sun is intense.

The big news is that we have a new tent for sorting. We all like it quite a bit. Fika, the head worker, wants to sleep in it. “He can guard the vanilla,” Siale, our bean operator’s oldest daughter, says. “You should make him sleep here.”

 Today (like yesterday) we processed almost a ton of beans, sorting them to divide the ones that are ready from the ones that aren’t, and rotating them through the proper containers.

We also had a competition to find the day’s longest beans, and the finalists came down to these:

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