Coffee fruit processed in this manner is harvested and then placed in the sun to dry. The fruit is picked off the trees in varying degrees of ripeness and separated accordingly. The fruit is spread on a concrete/brick/tile patio or raised mat, and the fruit is left on the beans during the entire process. To achieve an even level of drying the cherries must be raked regularly. The drying process can take up to 4 weeks. With the fruit drying on the beans, certain compounds are being absorbed. The result is a coffee with fuller body, more sweetness and a fruitier more complex flavor.