the green coffee is sorted by hand, a very important part of the quality
control process. A team of women handpick the best quality beans for
export and remove over-fermented or unhulled ones.
At COSAHEC and CAFUMO, 90% of the handpickers are members. At CACGAVA,
80% are members. At CACGAVA and COSAHEC, the handpickers sit at
tables. At CAFUMO, they sit on the floor but attention is being
paid to the improvement of their conditions.
Once the coffee has been hand-picked, the exportable coffee is
weighed and bulked. Handpickers are paid 1 gourde (US$ 0.025) per
lb. of exportable coffee. The name of the handpickers, as well as
the weight of exportable green coffee they handpick, is recorded
daily in a logbook. Handpickers are paid every two weeks, and on
average earn 40 g. (US$1.00) per day. Because the amount earned is linked to the amount of coffee sorted, the pickers are keen to be as productive as possible.
The next stage of processing is bulking
of the milled, graded and handpicked green coffee.