Some of our coffee is ripe already. Yesterday we (ok, some workers) picked about 200 lbs. of the cherries and are still picking some today. This year I am going to try to document the process.
The first part of the story I have is separating the beans from the pulp. Photos and a video of Ana operating the very sophisticated machine is up at http://nicaplaza.com/pg/galleries/misc/cooltop/index.php. Why there? Because I can add videos.
The machine looks about 70 years old but is only about 4 years old. The design is very similar to the 70 year old one our neighbor has. Technology stands still here.