Natural/dry processing

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Natural or dry processing is a method used in the coffee industry to produce a unique and distinct flavor profile. This process involves drying the coffee cherries with the fruit intact, allowing them to naturally ferment and dry in the sun. The cherries are spread out on large patios or raised beds and turned regularly to ensure even drying. This process can take several weeks and requires regular monitoring to prevent mold or fermentation issues. As a result, natural processed coffees often exhibit a heavier body, fruity and wine-like flavors, and a sweeter taste compared to other processing methods.