Coffee Harvesting

The journey from the bean to your cup

Harvesting coffee is a very labor-intensive and time-consuming craft. This is because coffee plants only bear enough coffee cherries to be harvested after three to four years. Cultivation and processing require a great deal of experience, precise timing and care.
But let's go back to the beginning...

It is a long way until the beans end up as coffee in the cup. We would like to give a brief overview of the various processing steps that are necessary to transform the bright red coffee cherries into fragrant brown beans.
The coffee farms from which we source our coffee are located in the so-called coffee belt, which stretches around the equator. The Arabica coffee plant is very demanding and only grows and thrives if certain cultivation requirements are met. On the coffee farms, such as on the Finca Hacienda Sonora, from where we get our Villalobos Espresso, the young coffee seedlings are first raised in so-called coffee nurseries.
After about 8 months, when the plants are hardy enough, they are released into the wild. On the coffee farm, they are transplanted to the plantations at a distance of about 1 to 2 meters from each other, protected by trees and bushes and surrounded by the natural vegetation and fauna of the growing area. After about 4 to 5 years, an Arabica plant bears enough cherries for the first time to be harvested. The coffee cherries develop from the flowers of the plant and about 6 to 7 months after the small white buds have faded, the coffee cherries can be harvested.The harvest season varies from growing country to growing country and is influenced by the proximity of the growing region to the equator.

The coffee harvest

One of the most time-consuming steps in coffee cultivation is the harvest. In the specialty coffee sector, this is always done by hand, by so-called "picking". The plants are visited and harvested several times by harvesters over a period of up to one month during the harvesting season. This ensures that only cherries that have reached the right degree of ripeness are harvested. The harvesters have an eye for this and can identify this point in time by the correct red shade of the cherries. The cherries, which are still too green, are thus given sufficient time to ripen.

What is important to us

Our coffees come exclusively from extensive traditional Arabica coffee cultivation, where the coffee plants grow between trees and bushes and no or only minimal intervention with fertilizers and pest control measures is necessary.How a coffee plant is raised has a significant influence on the later taste of the coffee. We advise every Frahling lover to stay away from coffee from intensive cultivation of large plantations and monocultures, because it harms not only the taste but also the nature.