When coffee is sold instantly from the garden, it removes storage costs and risks, it also eliminates labour costs related to drying and security as well as other costs such as spending on tarpaulins, writes George Katongole.
Increased demand for coffee by wet mills is driving innovations among farmers. Experts explain that farmers can still earn top dollar from coffee harvests with limited hustle.
According to Ugacof, who are certified coffee exporters, harvesting red cherries pays more than traditional drying. For quality purposes they prefer to buy red cherries. According to Joseph Ruyombo, an extension worker with Ugacof, red cherries can easily be examined for quality as they arrive at the wet mill. This enables the buyers to sell the right coffee quality to the world market.