Alejandro separated the cherries into groups. The yellow cherries to the left are ripe Yellow Catuai, but the three groups to its right are in various stages of over-ripeness. The red cherries below are ripe and the ones above are unripes mixed with "pintones", partially ripe cherries; a pinton imparts an astrigent taste to roasted coffee. The common practice in Colombia is to harvest a farm every two weeks. This leads to missing many cherries at their peak. It is Alejandro's contention that not only does this lead to poorer quality but it is not economical for the farmer, who will get far less for the poorer grades, which could have been collected ripe.
Colombia 2007 JuneColombiaHarvestNarino