コーヒーの選び方(第四弾:精製プロセス編)

How to Choose Coffee (Part 4: Refining Process)

Yes, something quite niche has suddenly appeared.

So, what exactly is the refining process?

Simply put, it is the process of extracting the beans from the coffee cherries .

The refining process is broadly divided into

Natural (dry method): Beans are sun-dried and fermented
Washed: soaked in water, fermented, husked, and then dried in the sun
Honey (Pulp Natural: Semi-Washed): Fermented by soaking in water, then dried in the sun and fermented while leaving only the thin skins on during threshing (lol)

There are three types:

There are many other items if you break them down further, but if you come across them, just ask the store clerk what they are.
It's okay, there's no need to be embarrassed.

Roughly speaking,

If it's natural,
It has a slightly heavy mouthfeel, a strong fermented fruity flavor, and a mild acidity.
If it's washed,
It has a light mouthfeel and a slightly stronger acidity.
Honey,
Basically, it's somewhere in between. Fruity but light.
However, there are so many different types, so I think it's best to think of it as being roughly somewhere in the middle.

By the way, even the exact same raw beans from the same farm can taste completely different just because of the different refining methods.

I've explained the details here , so please take a look if you have time.

That's all for today!
It's a bit of a complicated topic, so if you have any questions feel free to ask!

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For those who don't know how much to buy each time
⇨More details here (Part 2: Size)

Light roast or dark roast? For those who don't know the difference or what their preferences are
⇨For more details, click here (Part 3: Roast Level)

Is it Brazil? Or Ethiopia? For those who want to know the differences in taste from region to region
⇨For more details, click here (Part 5: Production Areas)

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