Limini Coffee
Processing Coffee

Once the coffee cherries are harvested we need to process them so that we end up with green coffee that is ready for export and roasting. The outer skins of the coffee cherry are removed and the slimy muscilage is dried and removed so that we end up with a green coffee bean. It is then important that the green bean has the correct moisture content to enhance storage conditions. There are various processing methods to do this.

Wet method - This is the most common method, also called the washed method. The coffee cherries are immersed and washed in water and then left to dry. During washing the ripe and green cherries sink and the overripe and underdeveloped cherries float. This is separating the floaters. The coffee cherries are usually fermented in water for 24 to 36 hours. Washing the cherries in water produces clean coffees with a good acidity and a good body.

Dry method - Also called the natural or unwashed method. This method is often used in regions where water is limited. The coffee cherries are dried in the sun on patios or rooftops. The harvested cherries are sorted and cleaned to remove the cherries that might be unripe, overripe or damaged. The cherries are usually dried for two weeks but this very much depends on the local method. Some plantations use machine drying.

Semi-dry method - This has many names such as pulped-natural, wet hulled and semi washed. In Indonesia it is called Giling Basah which means wet grinding. This method involves depulping the cherries followed by drying.

Coffee tree
The coffee tree

Learn all about the coffee tree and the different varieties that you can find.

Coffee harvesting
Harvesting coffee

Find out how coffee is harvested and the hard work that the coffee farmers put into our lovely drink.

Coffee processing
Processing coffee

Read about what they do after the harvesting of coffee and the various processing methods.

Brazil
Brazil

The largest producer of coffee with a production of around 43 million bags (60KG) of coffee.

Colombia
Colombia

Producing around 13 million bags (60KG) of coffee, Colombia is the third largest producer of coffee.

El Salvador
El Salvador

Not the largest producer with 0.5 million bags (60KG) but boy do they know how to grow coffee!

Costa Rica
Costa Rica

This beautiful country produces around 1.5 million bags (60KG) of coffee each year.

Guatemala
Guatemala

Guatemala produces around 3.5 million bags (60KG) each year and produces very high quality certified coffee.

Ethiopia
Ethiopia

The birthplace of coffee with wild coffees and a production of around 6.5 million bags (60KG).

Kenya
Kenya

The neighbour of Ethiopia yet with a very different flavour profile, Kenya produces under a million bags (60KG) of coffee each year.

Rwanda
Rwanda

Only about 0.25 million bags (60KG) are produced each year by Rwanda but we love Rwandan coffee.

India
India

With over 5 million bags (60KG) a year, India produces quite a bit of coffee and use the famous Monsooning processing method.

Indonesia
Indonesia

Over 6.5 million bags (60KG) are produced annually by Indonesia with some famous growing regions.

Cupping coffee
Sourcing coffee

How we source our coffee

Limini Coffee roaster.
How we roast coffee

Find out how we roast coffee here at Limini

Weighing
Weighing and bagging

Yes, we do things by hand. Find out how we do it here.

Espresso coffee
Espresso coffee

The most popular method? Learn a bit about it here.

Drip filter
Drip filter

Automatic filter coffee machines. Read all about it.

Chemex
Chemex

Why Chemex coffee is so good...

V60
V60

An ancient method that has made a big come back.

Cafetiere
Cafetiere

A convenient and popular immersion brew.

Aeropress
Aeropress

Not just intriguing but also really good!


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Limini Coffee
The Roastery
Unit 6 Luddite Way Business Park
Rawfolds Way, Rawfolds
Cleckheaton
BD19 5DQ
United Kingdom

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