Ripening depends on the rains, so flowers, ripe and unripe berries can all be found at the same time on any one plant.
PICKING - -
Selective picking involves workers passing from plant to plant, hand-picking only the bright red ripe cherries, one by one. This method is expensive, but the quality of green coffee is excellent. It is the best method, but also the most labour-intensive and time consuming.
STRIPPING - -
The entire crop is harvested in one go. This can be done either by machine or by hand. In both cases, all of the cherries are stripped off of the branch in one go.