The flowers appear at the beginning of the rainy season. There are 3-4 buds in each flower cluster, and each tree can produce thousands of flowers.
A tree in full bloom looks like it is dusted with snow, and fills the surrounding area with a delicate aroma. The harvesting and preparation of the beans is labour intensive and requires patience.
But the roasting process requires skill and experience, and is the key to quality coffee. Roasting the beans at the wrong temperature, or for the wrong period of time can mean the difference between coffee that is full and rich, or flat and bitter.