All About Coffee

How Coffee is Processed

Sometimes there is only a single bean and when that happens, the bean is called a peaberry.

The outside of the ripe coffee cherry is covered with thick skin.

This skin can be red, or yellow or even brown and it encloses a layer of sugary, jelly-like flesh or pulp.

Anatomy of a coffee bean
The coffee beans are under the pulp, covered by a thin protective layer called the parchment. Inside the parchment there is yet another covering over the beans called the silver skin.

To be able to harvest the beans, the pulp, parchment and silver skin must be removed.