Pulped Natural Processed Coffee

What is a pulped natural processed coffee? What's involved in the pulped natural process? What happens to the beans? What can you expect flavour wise from a pulped natural coffee? How is it different to a washed or natural processed coffee? Find out more here with our guide to pulped natural coffee processing.

Starting out like a washed coffee, a honey or pulped natural uses a machine (demucilager) to get rid of the skin of the ripe coffee cherries after they are picked. The machine can be set to leave different amounts of the flesh (mucilage) behind, which will give the process it’s name - white honey has nearly none of the fruit left on, yellow a bit more, then red and finally black honey has just the skin removed. The green beans with mucilage on are left to dry in the sun before the beans get cleaned by machines at a Dry Mill.

Typically, honey processed and pulped natural coffees will be sweet and balanced, although a white honey will often be more like a washed coffee and a black honey can be very like a natural processed coffee.

Have a look at all the pulped natural and honey processed coffees we're currently roasting here.

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