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Pergamino (Coffee Beans in Parchment)

"Pergamino" is Spanish for dry beans in parchment. Parchment coffee is a stage in wet/washed processing. Coffee roasters are familiar with silverskin or chaff, the last remnants of parchment, but otherwise it’s rarely seen it, unless they visit a coffee farm or mill.

 Like all stages of coffee production and processing, you can tell a great deal about a coffee’s quality by inspecting the parchment.

 I love scooping up a handful of pergamino, rubbing it together in my hands as the hulls fall away, and breathing in the vibrant aromas of freshly dried green coffee beans.  Before coffee’s graded it’s dried in the parchment, which protects the bean. There’s nothing like it!