What is Dry-Processed Coffee?


Front of the printed card

Dry process seems simple: Pick the fruit, lay it out in the sun until it turns from red to brown to near-back, and then hull off off the thick, dried outer layer in one step to reveal the green bean. It is a method suited to arid regions, where the sun and heat can dry the seed inside the intact fruit skin. 

What is Wet-Processed Coffee?


November 20, 2014

Wet Process Card from SM


You might know it for its clean, bright taste, but wet-processing is a means to get the seed separated from the fruit, get it dried and prepare it for roasting. Wet-processing means the skin (and pulp) is peeled from the fruit before it is dried.


Volkopi covered drying patios

Volkopi covered drying patios

The marvelous covered drying patios at the Volkopi mill in Lintong. Other collectors are now copying this design, since the sporadic rains can damage coffee layed out to dry on the patios that are uncovered. Sumatra harvest, unlike most other places, occurs in the wet season, which makes drying the coffee that much more difficult . Lake Toba area, North Sumatra