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
Dry processing also begins with cleaning the newly picked cherries with pressurized air, sieves or water to remove any foreign materials such as leaves. In addition, unripe and/or defective cherries float to the surface and can be easily removed. The cherries are then spread out in the open air to dry in the sun for 2-3 weeks. The beans are turned over and raked frequently to ensure that they dry completely. At night and during rainy weather, they are covered to protect them from harm. In arid lands, the beans are sometimes laid out to dry in the sun without being washed first.
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