Exploring Coffee Processing Methods

9 February 2024

Natural Process Vietnamese Coffee Beans


Washed, Honey, and Natural

If you're a coffee enthusiast, you've likely come across terms like "washed," "honey," and "natural" when selecting your beans. What do these terms mean, and how do they impact the flavour and aroma of your morning cup? Let's dive into the world of coffee processing methods and uncover the secrets behind these delicious brews.


Washed Coffee: Clean, Crisp, and Bright

Washed coffee, also known as wet-processed coffee, is one of the most common and well-loved methods for processing coffee beans. First, the ripe coffee cherries are harvested from the coffee tree. The outer skin and pulp are then removed, exposing the coffee beans inside. These beans are covered in a layer of mucilage, which is a sticky, sugary substance.


To get rid of this mucilage, the beans are thoroughly washed and fermented in water for a specific period. This fermentation process helps to break down the mucilage and leaves behind clean, green coffee beans. Afterward, the beans are dried, either in the sun or using mechanical dryers.


Washed coffee beans are known for their clean, crisp, and bright flavours, often with a high level of acidity.


Honey-Processed Coffee: The Sweet Middle Ground

Honey-processed coffee, also known as pulped natural coffee, is a fascinating middle ground between washed and natural processing. In this method, the outer skin of the coffee cherries is removed, leaving some of the sticky mucilage intact on the beans.


The term "honey-processed" refers to the honey-like appearance of the mucilage on the beans. The beans are then dried, and during this drying process, the remaining mucilage can caramelize and impart unique flavours to the coffee.


Honey-processed coffee beans often offer a delightful balance of attributes. They can have a body and sweetness similar to natural coffee, along with the clarity and acidity of washed coffee. The degree of mucilage left on the beans can vary, resulting in various "honey" levels, such as white honey, yellow honey, and red honey, each contributing distinct flavours.


Natural Coffee: Fruity, Bold, and Wild

The natural, or dry-processed, method is the oldest coffee processing technique, and it's all about embracing the wild side of coffee. In this method, the entire coffee cherries, including the pulp, skin, and mucilage, are left intact during drying. The cherries are spread out in the sun to dry over several weeks, allowing the flavours to intensify.


This process gives natural coffee its signature bold and fruity flavours. You might detect notes of berries, dried fruit, and sometimes a wine-like taste. Natural coffee often has a heavier body and a low acidity level, making it a favourite among those who appreciate a more robust coffee experience.


Traditional Vietnamese Coffee MUST TRY

100% pure robusta, Buffalo is a bold, powerful yet smooth, clean coffee that effortlessly complements milk. Giving you that double shot of caffeine without breaking the bank.   Not just about exceptional flavour and a strong caffeine punch; Buffalo is also a nod to tradition and the hardworking water buffalo that have worked alongside Vietnamese farmers in the rice fields for centuries. And just like the strong and powerful Buffalo, this coffee will keep you energised to ensure you stay on top of your daily grind.   Indulge in a cup that's strong, bold, and smooth, delivering a full-mouth experience with a delightful hint of chocolate. Straight from farm to your cup through direct trade, it's the perfect blend that respects tradition and taste.
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Our signature robusta and arabica blend – a match made in heaven! Honeymoon is recommended as a great starting point for those looking to introduce themselves to Vietnamese coffee with something a little familiar but also a little different.   This exquisite blend brings together the powerful essence of robusta balanced against the smoothness of arabica. It's a marriage of flavours that will sweep you off your feet and keep you coming back for more.   Experience the best of both worlds with Honeymoon – a blend that captures the essence of Vietnam's diverse coffee culture with a modern twist.

The Classic Flavour You'll Love

Sunshine stands out with its exceptional smoothness and low levels of acidity, like a ray of sunshine in your cup, radiating with light and sweet nuances to elevate your coffee rituals to a whole new level.   Not only delighting your taste buds but also embodying a commitment to empowerment and equality, this coffee is produced by the International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) cooperative in the northwestern region of Son La, Vietnam. This group's mission is to amplify women's participation and representation in the coffee sector, improving the quality of life in coffee-producing communities.   Sunshine stands as a shining example of the unique opportunities and support provided to women in the coffee industry.