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INSTRUCTIONAL. The cultivation of sugar and coffee in Kenya

Credits (6). A man spoons brown sugar into his coffee cup (26). "Do you know that the sugar you put into your coffee cup is an Empire product? Sugar cane is a member of the grass family and cultivated in huge plantations in Kenya" (52). A shot of the sky (62). "This is a typical plantation". A view of a plantation (77). "The natives with their strange long thick knives begin to cut the cane into sections". A gang of natives set to work (127). "The canes are tied into bundles". The natives gather up the canes(163). "...and a continuous chain of natives carries the bundles to the railway which connects the plantation with the refinery". A long line of plantation workers carrying the to where they are loaded onto a train (263). "At the refinery the bundles are unloaded" ...shot of this (288), "and a conveyor feeds the factory with a continual supply of cane". The cane is carried upwards on a conveyor (307). "First the juice is extracted by squeezing the the canes between rollers". Shows the cane being fed through the rollers (323). "The juice runs along channels to the clarifiers..." a view of this process "and the crushed pulp is carefully collected" (348). "The waste yields cellulose from which are made artificial silk, paint, film stock, etc." A pile of waster is cleared by workers (368). "In the clarifiers the liquor is boiled 220F and all the impurities rise in a scum on the surface. (This is skimmed off and from it we get the spirit called "Rum". The liquid boiling in the tanks (411). "Then the syrup is cooled and it crysallises into sugar". Sugar pours out of a chute into a huge pit (439). "Your coffee probably conmes from East Africa too, for Keny coffee is of high quality and is much favoured on the London market". At the breakfast table, a man pours coffee into a cup (463). "The regions best adapted to the cultivation of coffee are well-watered mountain slopes at an elevation ranging from 5,000 to 6,500 feet above sea level." Trees (492). "The fruits are fully ripe about seven months after the flower is open and each cherry contains two beans". The natives picking the fruit (525). "There may be two, three or even more "flushes" of blossom in one year and flowers and fruits in all stages may be seen together on one plant". A European points this phenomenon out on a particular bush (553). "The coffee cherry is first taken to the washing machine". A native loads the machine with fruit (569). "This machine reduces the the fleshy portion of the cherry to a pulp and liberates the bean". The two natives turn the handle on a rotating drum and the beans are then washed in water (626). "When the beans are dry they are graded by hand-picking to secure the uniformity desirable in roasting". A young native boy does this (663). "Some of the damged beans and foreign matter is removed during this process". A pile of said waste (682). "The beans are put into bags for export". The natives sew up the bags (698) "And they are soon on their way..." a steamship (732) " the London docks". Shot of the docks (759)... "and so to the breakfast table" The man drinks his coffee (779).




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Great Britain
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British Instructional Films



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