Harvest Time

Harvesting the coffee trees  Over Looking the Plantation

The coffee harvest has finished for this year, with the machine picking completed after two passes in the plantation over a three week period. This is a very busy period on the farm as all activities including, harvesting, processing and laying the beans out to dry have to be completed in a specified time.
The process starts with the mechanical harvester taking the beans off the trees which are stored in bins on the plantation. These bins are then moved to the processing area by tractor and tipped into bins that feed the cherry into a floatation tank that sorts the ripe beans, the naturals and the green beans. The ripe beans then go through a pulper and are demucilaged, where the skins are removed and the beans washed.
The beans are now referred to as parchment, and together with the natural beans are put out to dry.