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What is a wet hulled coffee?

Wet-hulled coffees from Sumatra/Indonesia tend to be very earthy with tobacco notes and this is largely because of the way they are processed. Wet hulling is a processing technique unique to Sumatra/Indonesia where they remove the last protective layer of the coffee seed-the parchment-before the coffee seed is dried thoroughly. The majority of coffee we drink is washed processed (vs wet hulled) and these tend to be cleaner cups. Washed coffees are processed pretty similarly, only they are dried in parchment vs. having that parchment removed before drying. We seek fruit-forward, clean Sumatras that are much less earthy than many comparable Indonesian coffees, but wet-hulled coffees will always have a little bit of that Sumatra-esque flavor that results from the wet-hulling process.