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), and Honey (Semi-Washed/Pulped Natural).
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.
Mexico Cristal Chiapas (Washed):
Rich, earthy, and deep, this coffee presents a well-known profile for darker roasted coffee. Roasting dark allows the caramelization of the beans' sugars for a subtle molasses sweetness. Pair with some cream, or use as your espresso in a latte for a rich flavor profile. If you're looking for a new coffee to try your darker roasts on, this is a great choice!
Costa Rica Las Lajas Anaerobic Natural Diamond Reserve (Natural):
Tropical sweetness permeates the entire experience of this coffee, making it an extremely tasty natural processed cup. Uncommon for such a fruity coffee, there is also a really smooth body to this cup, creating a really interesting blend of acidity and smoothness. My own preferences lean into the high-level flavor and fruit-forward profiles of fermented natural process coffees, and this lot scratches that itch to a tee.
Ethiopia Koke Honey Gold Label (Honey):
It doesn't take a trained palette to catch the overwhelmingly sweet and delicious flavored profile of this new Ethiopian honey process. With tropical fruited notes and underlying naturally floral sugars, this coffee delivers on all cylinders for an exceptional Ethiopian bean.
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