Washed Process gives a balanced cup of coffee

Washed Process

Coffee processing methods have a huge impact of the flavor in cup.

Today we'll dive deep into washed processing.
Washed process involves removing various layers of the fruit prior to drying beans.

Step 1: Picking & Screening

The coffee cherries are hand-picked. The farmers pick only the ripe mature cherries and then screen them very carefully. In the screening process they try to eliminate twigs, leaves, and other foreign material. After that they are delivered to a wet mill for the next step.

Step 2: Pulping & Fermentation

At this point the skin or pulp, mucilage, parchment, and the seed (or what most people refer to as the bean) are separated from the cherry.
Next, tiny micro-organisms in the coffee beans create enzymes which break down the mucilage. This process can take up to 24 or 36 hours.

Step 3: Washing

After the fermentation, the beans are then washed so as to remove the mucilage layer from the bean.

Step 4: Drying

Drying may be done in the sun or mechanically - or a combo of the two.

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