The parchment stage is one of the final stages before the bean is ready to be roasted. In simple terms, coffee beans are actually the seeds of the coffee fruit, which resemble red cherries. Beneath the pulp of the fruit, the bean is surrounded by several layers of skin. The coffee cherries must be pulped and the slimy layer of mucilage removed, to get to the thin parchment layer. Underneath the "parchment" layer, the bean is covered in an even thinner membrane, the seed coat.
|Brian rakes the parchment on the drying deck.|
The parchment skin serves to insulate the bean while it is being stored in our climate-controlled facility before roasting. And that, in a nutshell, is just part of a multi-stage process to bring you some of the best coffee in all of Kona: Brazen Hazen 100% Kona Coffee.