As one way of enhancing productivity among the farmers in the Rwenzori Region, KRC in partnership with its long term partner of Broederlijk Delen is currently supporting farmers in the Rwenzori Region with wet coffee processing. The support is through establishment of micro-wash stations.
What is wet-processing?
Wet-processing means the skin (and pulp) is peeled from the fruit before it is dried. Micro-wash station (MWS) enable farmers to process coffee closer to where it is grown, as well as receive better market prices than selling the raw fruit.
Only the ripe cherries are harvested and they are picked individually by hand. Pickers rotate among the trees every eight to ten days, choosing only the cherries, which are at the peak of ripeness.
Pulping machine at the station
In the wet process, the fruit covering the seeds/beans is removed before they are dried.
After the pulp has been removed what is left is the bean surrounded by two additional layers, the silver skin and the parchment.
Coffee is bulked up in bins or sacks and is left in a clean dry warehouse to rest .This allows for moisture to stabilize within the seed. Water literally comes to rest in this dried seed, and with less “water activity” it means that the quality of the positive taste attributes will be preserved until roasting.
Results from the over 10 Micro-Wash stations that KRC has supported in the region, indicate that the wet-processed coffee yields much better berries than the dry coffee