Selective mechanical picking occurs typically with 40-60% ripe coffee on the tree, with 5% green, 10% underripe, and the rest tree dried. Each brings its own unique characteristics to a coffee, so a sample is picked, processed and roasted to check taste is as expected before the order is given to pick the specific lot. Sorting is done on a specially adapted wet mill, first with density sorting that removes overripes, then with the drier and natural beans being sorted from the ripes, underripes and greens.
Each finished lot is tasted for exact flavour profiles before blending if required for each type. For Villa this is sweet, with fruit and hazelnut. Once complete, beans are then size, density, and triple colour sorted before packing in to Pentabags ready for shipping.