Coffee Sorters, Cuba, ca. 1866

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Samuel Hazard, Cuba with pen and pencil (Hartford, Conn., 1871), p. 488.

Describing this scene, the author, who visited Cuba ca. 1866, writes "Great care is used in sorting so as to secure the best of coffee, free from dirt, pebbles, andThe author visited Cuba ca. 1866. decayed berries. This is done by the Negro women. . . . They are arranged on two sides of a long table, in a well-lighted room . . . . twenty or thirty of these women . . . picking away from the great piles of beans before them, and filling huge baskets with the bright green grain, keeping up all the time a monotonous chanting, in which each one takes a part "(p. 488).