Honey processing creates a sweeter, more full-bodied cup of coffee. But why? How do producers honey process coffee? And what does it look like on the farm?
Get ready to learn the answers to all these questions, and more, in this curated video article.
Coffee Processing: The Basics
It’s not easy to get those precious green coffee beans out of the coffee cherries. They’re covered in sticky mucilage which is hard to remove. And this means that, after picking the cherries, producers still have a lot of work ahead of them.
Removing these cherries and layers of mucilage is known as processing. There are many ways to do this, with the most common ones being natural and washed. But honey processing is another method that has been growing in popularity over the last few years, for its sweet flavour profile and low water usage. Let’s take a look at it.
What Is Honey Processing?
Our first video comes from Seattle Coffee Gear. Amber begins by looking at the differences between honey processing and pulped natural processing, a popular method in Brazil. Next, she moves onto how honey coffee processing is done, what it tastes like, and the differences between yellow, red, and black honey. That’s right – not all honey is the same! What’s more, she explains all this in just 150 seconds.
What Does Honey Processing Look Like?
We’ve got to be honest with you, there aren’t many videos that show honey processing in action. But 7 years ago, when this method was still experimental, Graciano Cruz of Los Lajones, Panama, videoed himself as he laid out a nano lot of coffee cherries to dry. These coffee cherries were picked two days ago, and had already been pulped, leaving behind just some of their mucilage.
Why honey process coffee? Graciano’s made a name for himself for, among other things, his research into coffee and his eco-friendly practices. For him, one advantage of honey processing is that it doesn’t pollute the water.
Watch as he explains how he was planning to process this coffee, from drying time to turning the cherries. Remember that honey processing methods vary from farm to farm, and no doubt Graciano has refined his since. But this video will demonstrate the basic method, as well as showing how sticky the honey process really is. (Spoiler: very!)
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