In brief terms, coffee processing is the method used to remove the fruit from the bean. The way coffee is processed is essential to the overall flavor profile and is vital to a great cup of coffee. This sampler pack will allow you to discover the distinctions between the three main processing methods: Washed (Wet-Processed), Natural (Dry-Processed), Honey (Semi-Washed/Pulped Natural), and Funky process.
Washed: The pulp of the bean is completely removed before it is dried. The taste is bright, clean, and will involve more of the flavors unique to the beans' origin.
Natural: The beans are dried with the pulp and skin still attached. Since the fruit has ample time to seep into the bean, this process will produce a very rich and fruit-forward cup.
Honey: This process is very similar to natural processed coffee, except the skin is removed before it is dried. This hybrid process creates a very syrupy body with a distinct sweetness. It is not as fruity as a natural coffee, but more complex than a washed bean.
Funky: The funky processing method is a new and unheard-of twist to the classic and well-known methods of coffee processing, using fermentation to give a rare taste. The process was named ‘Funky’ by Stephen Leighton and has been referred to that ever since.
El Salvador Comasagua San Antonio (Washed):
The boldness of this El Salvadoran bean really stood out during the first cupping. This coffee has the perfect contrast of a smooth, full-body and bold, complex taste. There are hints of toffee and almond, with the bittersweetness of dark chocolate. If you're looking for a Latin American espresso, you've come to the right place. Add some frothed milk and you will have the perfect morning cappuccino!
Ethiopia Dry Process Kebele Keramo Black Label (Natural):
When we are searching for a new coffee, descriptions like "fruit-forward natural Ethiopian" are the only words we need to become instantly hooked. What makes this coffee special is the complex fruitiness that pops out at you when you take your first sip. A big-bodied coffee with notes of red berries, tart cranberry, and rich, red wine. This is the ideal coffee for those who enjoy a vibrant, fruity cup!
Costa Rica Llano Bonito Yellow Honey Gold Label (Honey):
Costa Rican Gold Label coffees are among our all-time bestsellers, so any new coffee in that category has big shoes to fill. This honey processed, Costa Rican is delicious, and can certainly hold its own among some of our most popular Gold Label beans. The delicious flavor of toffee and praline lends a nutty, sweetness to this coffee, and a hint of dried apricot adds a complementary fruitiness. You will discover everything you've come to expect from an excellent Costa Rican cup of coffee, but with a few surprises along the way. We think you'll really enjoy it!
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