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WHAT IS NATURAL PROCESS COFFEE?

Natural process coffee, also known as the dry process, is a method of processing coffee beans after they are harvested. This method is typically used in regions where water is scarce or unreliable for processing, such as in parts of Africa and Brazil.

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In the natural process, ripe coffee cherries are harvested and sorted, then spread out in the sun to dry on raised beds or patios. The cherries are left in the sun for several weeks, during which time they are turned regularly to ensure even drying. As the cherries dry, the fruit surrounding the beans shrinks and becomes brittle, allowing it to be easily removed.

HOW IS NATURAL PROCESS COFFEE SORTED?

Once the coffee cherries are completely dry, they are hulled to remove the dried fruit and reveal the green coffee beans inside. The beans are then sorted and graded based on size and quality before being shipped to roasters.

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NATURAL PROCESS COFFEE FLAVOR PROFILES

Natural process coffee tends to have a unique flavor profile compared to other processing methods. The extended exposure to the fruit during drying can result in a coffee with a fruity, wine-like flavor and a lower acidity. However, this method also carries a higher risk of defects due to fermentation or mold during the drying process, which can negatively impact the final cup quality.

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