Two harvesting systems are used most widely in coffee growing:
The next step is to extract the coffee seeds from the fruit, using a wet or dry processing method:
This processing method requires the use of coffee cherries with uniform maturation and consistency. A machine removes the skin from the coffee beans, which are then placed in water to ferment, so as to eliminate the mucilage (pulp). The beans are then washed and left to dry in the sun or in a dryer. Finally, the husker eliminates the beans' two remaining protective membranes.