THE ANATOMY OF COFFEE
CULTIVATION ON THE PLANTATION
– Harvesting
Handpicking
Strip-picking
– Separating the Beans
from the Fruit Pulp
Wet Processing
Dry Processing
– The Main Coffee-Producing
Countries
– Coffee’s Contribution
to the Ecosystem
This method is most often employed in Brazil, where the flat terrain of the estates allows the trees to be planted in even rows.

A harvester will strip-pick the entire tree when the majority of its cherries are ripe by sliding his or her fingers down the branches, causing all the cherries, ripe or not, to fall to the ground.

On some large plantations, a large vehicle will be driven slowly down the row of coffee trees, and its revolving arms will knock the looser, and hopefully riper, fruit to the ground.

Workers then gather the scattered fruit, winnowing it with large meshed hoops, which they use to throw the cherries up in the air to separate them from the twigs, leaves and dust.

No matter how much care is taken in strip-picking, under or over ripe fruit invariably gets in with the ripe cherries. As a result, the fruit must later be processed by a sorting machine.
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