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Coffee cherries are picked at the time of harvest.

There is typically one coffee harvest per year, with the exception of certain countries, such as Colombia, where there is a main and secondary crop. Harvest time varies depending on location. North of the Equator, harvest takes place between September and March, and south of the Equator, between April and May. Coffee is either strip picked (all the cherries stripped off the branch at once), or selectively picked (plucked individually by hand based on degrees of ripeness). Coffee pickers are paid by the basket, and can harvest six to seven baskets a day.

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