Squeegee

7. Rodo

c.1966
Wood and Metal

A tool similar to a hoe, made of metal or wood, used on the coffee drying process on the farmyard. The coffee is moved on the farmyard several times on the day, spreading it, revolving it and gathering it on mounds according to the sun direction in order not to ferment the bean and to get a more homogeneous drying. The bean ripening and processing – cherry, ripe green, peeled or unpulped – generate some differences on the necessary days and on the speed of the drying process.
This equipment, manufactured by Metalúrgica Viat Ltda., was purchased to integrate the collection of Museu do Café on 2004.