Coffee Fact: The Coffee Journey #2 !Own Coffee Shop`s News | Monday, 23 April 2018
It’s time to harvest the cherries!
The fruit on a coffee tree starts off as a green cherry, turning to a vibrant red when ripe. But be careful, the quality of coffee can be completely destroyed if it is harvested before it is ripe or when it is overripe.
Depending on the variety, it will take approximately 3 to 4 years for the newly planted coffee trees to bear fruit. Whether by hand or by machine, all coffee is harvested in one of two ways: strip picked and selectively picked.
When it's strip picked, all of the cherries are stripped off of the branch at one time.
If it's selectively picked, only the ripe cherries are harvested, and they are picked individually by hand. Pickers rotate among the trees every 8 to 10 days, choosing only the cherries which are at the peak of ripeness.
This post is part of #TheCoffeeJourney series. Stay tune for the next part of the series next Monday!