From Seed to Cup

1. Seeding

 

seedling

Coffee will begin its journey as a seedling in a nursery.  It will typically remain in the nursery for around 14 months prior to being planted on the farm.

2. Flowering

 

flowering

Flowering will begin a few days after the first hard rain during the start of the rainy season.  The flowers will soon fall off and then the coffee fruit will begin to develop.

3. Green Fruit

 

green-fruit

The coffee fruit will generally take about 9 months to fully develop.  The fruit will remain a green color for most of the cycle.

4. Ripe Fruit

 

ripe-fruit

Most Varietals of coffee will ripen a red color and few varietals will ripen yellow or even possibly an orange color.

5. Picking

 

picking-coffee

The more selective you are at picking only ripe cherries, the higher quality and more consistent flavors will result in the cup.  It is quite common to pick the same tree 3 or 4 times in a season.

6. Depulping Fruit

 

depulping

Most coffee will need to be sent to a mill to be de-pulped within the first 24 hours of being picked in order to maintain the quality.  There will be several quality separations taking place at the mill during this step.

7. Fermentation

 

fermentation

Coffee is put into a fermentation tank following the de-pulping process for approximately 12-24 hours.  Natural bacteria will break down an outer layer called mucilage and the flavors in the coffee will fully develop.

8. Washing

 

washing

The coffee will then need to go through a washing channel of cold water to stop the fermentation and help clean coffee of any excess mucilage.

9. Drying

 

drying-coffee

Coffee can be dried by either mechanical dryers or patio drying in the sun.  Patio drying can take much longer but yield a slightly sweeter cup.


10. Sorting

 

sorting-coffee

High quality coffees will be hand sorted to remove any defects that may appear.  This is one of the most important and most skilled positions in the process.

11. Roasting

 

roasting

Every batch is skillfully roasted to the peak of flavor. Our goal is to highlight the best characteristics each bean has to offer.

12. Cupping

 

cupping

We cup our coffee every step in the entire process to ensure that the quality keeps up with our standards.  This starts with our visits to origin and finishes with the final products going to our customers.

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