Thanks for your question! Yes, this is how we traditionally brew coffee in Costa Rica. However, the item you see is not a fruit or vegetable but a specially-crafted reusable canvas filter in a gourd-like shape. It retains water for a little longer for our signature rich bodied coffee.
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