washed process

Fundamentals: Roasting Guatemalas and Washed Central American Coffees

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Washed coffees from Guatemala and other Central American producing countries are in some ways the control batches, the roasts that give you the base knowledge and experience for how a coffee can or should roast.
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Roasting Washed Central American Coffees by Chris Schooley, Photos by Thompson Owen

Penagos Depulpers at ProvidenciaPenagos Depulpers at Providencia

Side by Side

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Danny recently roasted a washed and a dry processed coffee from the same washing station in Ethiopia and wrote a a post for the Sweet Maria's blog.
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Danny recently roasted a washed and a dry processed coffee from the same washing station in Ethiopia and wrote a a post for the Sweet Maria's blog. After reading it, I was like, well shoot, I imagine that'd be pretty interesting to some shrub folks as well so here goes:

Dry Processed Coffee from KochoreDry Processed Coffee from Kochore

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Ethiopias

With 4 offering from Ethiopia currently on the list, I thought it would be fun to cup them all together and share them with a few others to see what they thought about them all together and on their own. With two coffees from Shakiso, one from Sidama, and one from Kochere (which is also Dry Processed), we have a fairly diverse selection to look at. It was a lot of fun to watch some folks cup these coffees from warm to cool, and to see the differences begin to show up in the cup. Obviously the first detectable difference was between the washed and dry processed coffees.

Confused? Naturally

I just returned from the Roasters Guild Origin Trip to Brazil and there were a number of things that we saw that surprised me in both good and bad ways. We visited 9 different producers or producing groups where the main good surprises were the diversity of cup characteristics that we saw in the many cuppings in the many different growing areas. There was a clarity to many of the coffees that one doesn't traditionally associate with coffee from Brazil.