Today, I was indoors making marmalade, but did my due diligence and went out to inspect the bags our Indigenous pickers had picked today. Oh dear. My pickers have been getting too many greenish beans and more importantly, too many with their stalks on - that means no flowers next year and no beans. Greenish, not so bad for this early pick that goes to the beneficio but they will weigh less and might have been quite good beans in a weeks time.
As I had been picking myself yesterday, I thought I had perfected the technique of picking without getting the stalks. It involves a rapid hard wrist action. It has to be done bean by bean not by the handful of beans. I think this is the problem for those paid by volume, picking beans individually is not fast enough.
So, I explained very nicely that there were far too many stalks in the coffee bags. I went on to say that although they were naturally the coffee picking experts, maybe they might like to see how I did it. Without waiting for a response, I was not getting any, I proceeded with a demonstration. Well I never seen the Indigenous laugh so much in all my years in Boquete. Not sure I find it quite so amusing and expect improvement in tomorrows bags.