After ripening and harvesting, the curing process begins. On tables, the beans are laid out in the sun until they begin to sweat (see image at right). Then they’re taken back inside “to sleep,” where they are wrapped in breathable fabrics and left in a dark, cool room to seep out moisture for two days. The beans are said to see about “30 suns,” or are set out 30 times to bake in the sun, which requires three to four months. Once sufficiently cured, they’re sorted, wrapped in parchment, and stored until shipping.