Maintaining a premium quality from the beginning until the finishing process is like rolling a chain without any missing link. Depending on the regions typically there are two periods in a year for a major coffee harvest. Upon harvest the soil is left to rest for a while in order to break the mechanical biological cycle from pests. This is done for to keep the coffee trees healthy.
Our producers only harvest the coffee cherries when the fruit is ripe. Harvesting time is when the collaboration between traditional manpower and hi-tech machines begins. Using premium world standard machinery, every step of the process, from picking the beans until their packaging and delivery, is carefully monitored to obtain consistency thus resulting in the best quality.
Two methods are primarily used to process coffee berries. The first, “wet” or “washed” process, has historically usually been carried out in Central America and areas of Africa. There are two ways into this method: full wash wet hull (semi-washed) and full wash dry hull (fully-washed). The flesh of the cherries is separated from the seeds and then the seeds are fermented – soaked in water for about two days. This softens the mucilage which is a sticky pulp residue that is still attached to the seeds. Then this mucilage is washed off with water. Afterwards, in order to avoid absorbing the smell of the earth, we allocate the beans on lofts of 1 meter high, when drying under the sun. This is our standard to keep its fresh and natural aroma.
The “dry processing” method, simpler, was historically used for beans in Brazil and much of Africa. Twigs and other foreign objects are separated from the berries and the fruit is then spread out in the sun on raised beds for 2–3 weeks, turned regularly for even drying.
Every bean has a good of nature, thus we take good care to maintain its goodness and freshness. We have dedicated personnel in the sorting department. Their fingers dance with such agility, moving the beans incessantly, and their eyes are solely focused on the sorting table. The green beans are carefully selected and graded to match customers’ demands.