Our guidance on what to do with physical defects found in the green coffee of this amazing dry process Gesha.
This tiny lot of Panama Dry Process Oscarcito Gesha has such a dynamic cup profile, but also carries a few defects in the green coffeeGreen coffee refers to the processed seed of the coffee tree fruit. Coffee is a flowering shrub that produces fruit. The seeds of the fruit are processed, roasted,... ...more. It’s the unfortunate truth for this coffee, but thankfully, most won’t impact the delicious fruit-floral cup profile.
SortingCoffee is sorted by size, density, and color in its preparation for export.: Sorting refers to several steps performed in the preparation of coffee for export. Coffee is... ...more small lots of coffee like this one at the mill can be quite a challenge. 350 lbs. of coffee is hardly enough to make an effective run through the densimetric tables, and the yellowish color from dry processingThe removal of the cherry and parchment from the coffee seed.: Coffee is either wet-processed (also called washed or wet-milled) or dry-processed (also called wild, natural or natural... ...more renders color sortingSorting coffee by removing beans that have a color that indicates a defect. Color coffee sorting is often done by an optical sorting machine, which has a high... ...more machinery practically useless. Ultimately, cleaning up a lot this size requires a lot of hand labor, which is cost prohibitive in somewhere like PanamaPanama coffee ranges from medium quality lower altitude farms to those at 1600 - 1800 meters centered in the area of Boquete in the Chirqui district near the... ...more.
We mostly found secondary defects, like minor bug holes, and misshapen beans. These won’t come through in the cup. But within those inconsistencies, we also spotted a few more severe examples that we think culling out could make a difference.
Regardless of the physical inconsistencies, this super limited coffee has amazing flavor and is well worth the extra effort!
Check out Tom’s video where he examines a 300 gram sample of the physical green of Panama Dry Process Oscarcito Gesha, and explains which beans might be worth removing (if any!).