What is Dry-Processed Coffee?

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Front of the printed card

Dry process seems simple: Pick the fruit, lay it out in the sun until it turns from red to brown to near-back, and then hull off off the thick, dried outer layer in one step to reveal the green bean. It is a method suited to arid regions, where the sun and heat can dry the seed inside the intact fruit skin. 

What is Wet-Processed Coffee?

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Wet Process Card from SM

 

You might know it for its clean, bright taste, but wet-processing is a means to get the seed separated from the fruit, get it dried and prepare it for roasting. Wet-processing means the skin (and pulp) is peeled from the fruit before it is dried.

 

Womens Coop Duhingekawa Rushashi

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Abakundakawa is a 1700 member cooperative that mills its coffee at the Rushashi washing station. The average altitude here is 1600 to 1800 meters for coffee production, the varietal is traditional Bourbon seedstock, and the typical wet process method is used, with sun-drying on raised beds or patio. This is fair trade certified, part of the USAID project in Rwanda to improve the quality of life ...

New(ish) Methods in Brazil Coffee Production

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By and large, Brazil must innovate in their coffee production techniques; they can’t afford not to. The price one would need to produce coffee in Brazil as it is picked and processed in Ethiopia, or Kenya, or Guatemala, or Sumatra, would be far higher that the quality of the cup is truly worth. There is simply not the available low-cost labor to do this job in most coffee areas of Brazil, nor willing workers. Fortunate for laborers, they have options.

I Found the Future in Brazil (and now I feel like crying)

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Is the Brazil of today, where coffee is becoming increasingly technified, the future of coffee in the Americas? What is pushing farmers in Brazil away from hand labor toward machine-based picking and processing? And what is the impact on quality of machine-harvested coffee?

Brazil is a vast and varied nation, which holds true in terms of its coffee production. From Cerrado to Bahia, Sul de Minas to Matas de Minas to Mogiana, there are different challenges that the landscape and climate bring to coffee growing.

Why Should You Know Giling Basah?

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In the Bahasa language of Indonesia, Giling Basah means "wet hulled." That's not very exciting by any measure, but it refers to a part of the coffee process that is specific to Indonesia and creates a signature flavor. Wet-hulled coffees can have more body and lower acidity, but they also fall short of the sweetness and aroma uncovered by other methods.

If you have any interest in coffees from Indonesia, and are looking for some reason why you like them (or perhaps why you don't like them), it's worth your time to learn about Giling Basah.

Guatemala: Proyecto Xinabajul

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For years we have thought about working in a more direct way with small-scale farmers in Guatemala, and in the 2013 harvest year this effort came to fruition.

We're calling this "Proyecto Xinabajul" (pronounced She-nah-bah-hool), named for the ancient Mayan name for the Huehuetenango region. In this project, we have cupped many hundreds of samples to identify small producers who are producing quality coffee in the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes mountains.

How Can a Leaf Rust? Roya in Guatemala

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The results from the Guatemala coffee harvest this year will be a study in extremes; great coffees from some farms, and serious quality issues from others. While some areas seem to have good volume of coffee on the trees and nice quality, others zones are being devastated by a coffee fungus called Roya.

 

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El Salvador Wet Processing

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Close up of coffee processing in a wet mill.

Coffee Processing in El Salvador

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From tree to coffee mill in El Salvador

Wet Processing Coffee at Home

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Sat, 2005-01-01
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I brought back some coffee cherry on a recent trip to Costa Rica, and after planting some, I had leftovers. What to do?

Growing Coffee at Home

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Sat, 2005-01-01
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To have great success growing your own coffee from seed, you need a whole, ripe coffee cherry or from parchment coffee, aka pergamino

Exotic Coffee Cultivars

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Mon, 2007-01-01
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Besides coffea arabica and coffea robusta (canefora), there are no other coffee cultivars that are currently in commercial production.

Coffee Varietal Images

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Mon, 2007-01-01
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This is a collection of coffee cultivar images from my travels. It's not complete and I am sure...

Microscopic Images of Coffee Seed: Structure and Defects

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Sat, 2005-01-01
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coffea arabica - coffee plant root structure and early leaf formation
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