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Coffee Picking

 
 
 
  • Once the coffee has been picked, processing must begin as quickly as possible to prevent fruit spoilage.
  • The Dry Method The freshly picked cherries are simply spread out on huge surfaces to dry in the sun. In order to prevent the cherries from spoiling, they are raked and turned throughout the day, then covered at night or during the rain to prevent them from getting wet.
  • The Wet Method removes the pulp from the coffee cherry after harvesting so the bean is dried with only the parchment skin left on. First, the freshly harvested cherries are passed through a pulping machine to separate the skin and pulp from the bean.
  • Then the beans are separated by weight as they pass through water channels. The lighter beans float to the top, while the heavier ripe beans sink to the bottom. They are passed through a series of rotating drums which separate them by size.When fermentation is complete, the beans feel rough to the touch. The beans are rinsed by going through additional water channels and are ready for drying.