How do they process coffee beans?

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How do they process coffee beans?

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answered May 3 by lauanboy332 (1,110 points)
The way coffee beans are processed after picking is the coffee beans freshly harvested cherries are passed through a pulping machine to separate the skin and pulp from the bean.

After that the coffee beans are then separated by weight as they pass through water channels and then the lighter beans float to the top, while the heavier ripe beans sink to the bottom.

Coffee beans then also go through a roasting process that makes them ready for grinding into ground coffee or sold as coffee beans to grind at home.

Coffee beans are typically harvest once per year and a single picker of coffee beans will harvest up to 200 pounds of cherries also known as coffee beans (yielding about 40 pounds of coffee) a day.

Coffee Beans grow on small trees.

The Coffee cherries or coffee beans and blossoms grow on small evergreen trees, or shrubs and untamed coffee tree can grow up to 16 feet tall.

Outside the USA the coffee industry does use child labor for picking and carrying coffee beans.

Not all coffee plantations use child labor but a lot of them do and it's not usually the child's choice to work picking coffee beans.

Instead the child is usually trafficked and used as labor by the parents or other human trafficking places.

Children brought by their parents to coffee plantations are technically not employed by the owner of the coffee plantation, so the children do not receive any labor protections.

These kids are also taken out of school, and they toil in the fields for up to 10 hours a day.

Sometimes Injuries may result from extended heat exposure, poisonous agrochemicals, heavy lifting and other sharp tools involved in the coffee processing procedure.

The unprocessed coffee beans are planted in shaded nurseries and frequently watered.

After three to four years, the beans (seeds) will have grown into fruit-bearing plants.

The fruit, called a coffee cherry, is then either strip or selectively picked.

If strip picked, all of the cherries are taken off the branches.

Selective picking is more labor intensive since workers have to choose the red, ripe cherries from the bunch.

Harvests typically only occur once a year, and a single picker will harvest up to 200 pounds of cherries (yielding about 40 pounds of coffee) a day.

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