Kona Coffee Dump Truck
7 January 2013
Apparently there's something about a truck that is worth singing
about. Below I have two different music videos about my new
dump truck. Well, the first video is about the dump truck, the
second video is the dump truck party.
From our farm we could harvest 100,000 pounds of coffee. That's
cherry weight. The majority of that weight, about 80% of it,
ends up in the discard pile. That's because we keep the coffee
beans but throw away the fruit.
This leads to the question "Why don't you do something with all that
discarded fruit?" The fruit is sweet and full of sugars so I
suppose it would be possible to do something with it. Turning
it into some sort of coffee alcohol sounds like a good idea to me.
In fact, I'd be happy to donate a few thousand pounds of slimy
goop if someone wanted to give it a try.
The problem is that the discarded coffee
pulp quickly turns into a giant, stinky mess. It's also
quite acidic so using it as mulch doesn't work very well. It
has to be spread very thin or it will kill everything.
I used to spread the coffee pulp back on the fields with a manure
spreader. I've stopped doing this for a couple reasons.
First, I don't want to risk spreading the coffee berry borer back on
the fields. Second, the little trailer I own is way smaller
than what I need. Shutting down two or three times per night
just to dump the trailer was getting old. Even worse was
getting my pickup truck stuck in the
When I heard about a dump truck for sale, for cheap, I jumped at the
opportunity. Even though the truck is way bigger than what I
wanted, I drove over to Hilo to check it out. The truck runs
and is street legal... barely. Both exhaust manifolds are
cracked, one fuel tank doesn't work, the headlights don't work, it's
not four wheel drive and the transmission sometimes likes to go into
neutral and refuse to shift. For the price though, it does
fine. After all, it's a farm truck now and it'll probably never
drive on a real road again.
The new dump truck is so large I can process coffee all week long
without even filling it half way. No longer will I have to risk
getting stuck at night in the rain, now I can wait for a nice sunny
day when I'm not in a hurry. The dump truck only barely fits
down my narrow farm paths. It required some pruning but now
it's all good.
When I purchased the truck, my sister decided we needed to have a
dump truck party. Never been to a dump truck party before?
Too bad, you missed out. The entire family surprised me by
decorating the truck with graffiti, an air freshener and a bag of
sunflower seeds for the driver. There were hot dogs and beer
and a giant bonfire. We had fireworks too. We threw
some old furniture on the fire to make it extra large. We also
made giant burning torches out of discarded burlap bags. Of
course, after properly christening the dump truck, everybody climbed
into the back and went for a ride.
Since it was night, with no moon, and the truck's headlights don't
work, I had to lean out the window with a flashlight in order to see
where I was going. Everybody else rode in the back and had to
duck whenever I drove under a tree. I hit our mailbox and bent
it a little. Then on the way back I got the truck stuck halfway
up the hill. No problem, we put a rock under the wheel and
left it until morning.
After the dump truck ride we rallied around the bonfire again.
JR set off the rest of the fireworks and Michele, hearing the camera
doing its timelapse thing, decided she had to do some timelapse
dancing. For those that don't know, timelapse dancing is where
you strike a pose and hold it for 15 seconds, strike another pose for
another 15 seconds, then another, and another. It doesn't really
look much like dancing unless you've been drinking.
Once the food was all gone we decided that pig hunting sounded
like a good idea. Between the beer and the large group of
partiers, we weren't exactly being sneaky so the wild pigs were
long gone before we even got close. Maybe next time.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with my new dump truck. I may trade
it for a slightly smaller truck, or maybe I'll keep it. If I
do get another dump truck, I'll definitely have to have another dump