Harvest is a festive time of the year that always coincides with the coming of the Christmas Season. It is also a rewarding time, not only for the farmer, but the local families that contribute to the manual harvest of the beans in maturity and are rewarded with a Bonus for Christmas.
Ripe beans are handpicked daily, weighed and transported to the wet mill where ideally the pulping process begins within hours. Since coffee is similar to a grape in its consistency, containing mucilage and natural sugars, it should not be left unattended after being harvested for more than 24 hours.
Typically, our coffee is washed once the fermentation has taken place. The slimy sugar coating then detaches itself from the seeds. Then, the washing process is performed with water which leaves the remaining beans clean of their original coatings.
Roasting uses high heat to transform the green beans both physically and chemically, giving the coffee the typical flavors and aromas we are all so familiar with. There are different degrees of roasting, Light, Medium and Dark (Espresso).