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Natural Method (Dry Processing)
In this ancient and simple processing method, the cherries are either allowed to dry on the tree or they are picked and separated from leaves, pebbles, and other extraneous matter and laid out to dry in the sun for three to four weeks. When the pulp has dried, a hulling machine strips away the outer skin and pulp by crushing the hulls and parchment. Although the beans may not be consistent in quality, their acidity is reduced and their body and earthy flavor is increased. The dry method can produce coffee of great quality but only with great difficulty, because the climate can vary during the drying process.
The dry method produces “unwashed” green coffees. Dry method coffees include Sumatra, Ethiopia Harrar, Yemen and some of the finest coffees of Brazil.
Nicaragua is a coffee-producing country in Central America. Its coffees are produced by the wet-process in the Jinotega and Matagalpa regions and are light to medium bodied and fairly acidic. Nicaragua’s coffee trees produce large beans.
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