Raw coffee beans are seeds. These seeds take about twelve days to germinate and sprout roots, and six months to develop into small plants, ready to be planted within the farm.
After six months of developing within a polybag, young plants are replanted within the farm. From this point, it will take two to three years before they develop into fully mature plants; producing a full yield.
In El Salvador, the common expression is that flowering takes place, eight days after the first big rain. This is the period of time where the coffee plant is pollinated and begins to develop new cherries.
For seven to nine months after flowering, cherries develop in clusters on the branches of coffee plants. They are then hand picked according ripeness. Each plant will be picked three to five times over the course of harvest, which can last from October to March in El Salvador, depending on the time of flowering.