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.
This Guatemalan coffee is an incredibly sweet nod to a traditional Guatemalan flavor profile with bits and pieces of unique acidity. First and foremost, you get an overwhelming milk chocolatey sweetness that coats your palate in the best way. Quickly afterward, you begin to pick up notes of cranberry-like acidity that compliments the sweetness very well. The cup is then rounded out with a toffee-like bitterness (if you could call it that) that gives this cup a relatively narrow range in the “dynamic” scale, but a delicious sweetness that can’t be beaten.
Two major flavor profiles came to light immediately as we were cupping this coffee: a great rounded bitterness paired with a juicy fruited sweetness. Exactly as you’d imagine marmalade, this coffee brings crisp rounded orange-zest-like flavor notes to the forefront with a really nice and subtle peach-like backend.
Colombia Manos Juntas Honey (Honey):
No matter its price-point, we always thoroughly enjoy any coffee coming out the Manos Juntas Micromill. This year’s crop brings in that classic chocolatey sweetness and bright tropical fruit acidity that we expect. We also picked up on a really smooth body reminiscent of hazelnut butter. This coffee boasts a classic honey process flavor profile and presents it in a very balanced way.
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