Naturally Processed Coffees

Typical Flavors: Noticeably fruity or “pulpy” flavors, often described as “boozy” or “winey’; can also have strong nutty and/or chocolate characteristics, and typically has a heavier or syrupy body.

While Washed coffees have their fruit removed relatively quickly after harvesting, Natural or “Dry” process coffees are something like the opposite, in a manner of speaking: The fruit is instead picked when ripe and allowed to dry completely around the seed before being husked or hulled off. Natural processing is the oldest basic technique for preparing coffee, and in ancient times (as well as currently in some cultures and applications), it’s possible that the coffee fruit was allowed to dry completely while still on the branch, allowing it to be harvested only when needed.