THE COFFEE DRY MILL PROCESS



DRY-MILLING: What happens after the wet-milling and drying of coffee?

At the beginning of the year 2017, I had the amazing opportunity to do a Coffee Farm and Plantation tour through Central America. I was fortunate to work next to pickers on the farm, harvesting the red cherries and learn all about coffee cultivation. Next to that, I got an inside into the complex processes involved after harvesting the coffee, such as the wet-milling (removing the cherry skin and drying the coffee) and dry-milling (removing the parchment, sorting and preparation for export).

Wet-milling is mostly done on the farm. There are multiple ways to remove the cherry skin – oftentimes it involves a fermentation process (washed or semi-washed process). You can check out the steps of the washed process in one of my videos:
Once the cherry skin is removed, the coffee is dried and recollected. At this point, the coffee is not yet ready to be exported or shipped – this happens at the dry-mill.

The dry-mill process (removing the parchment, sort and pack the beans) is typically done by partnering collecting points.
In this video, I briefly outline the steps involved at the dry-mill:
1. Cleaning the batch
2. Removing the parchment
3. Sorting by size
4. Sorting by density
5. Sorting by color
6. Packing

Special thanks to FECCEG – Federación Comercializadora de Café Especial de Guatemala ( for taking the time and for the interesting inside into your dry-mill process.

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20 Replies to “THE COFFEE DRY MILL PROCESS”

  1. Va B

    Perfect example of a passionate man : from the little producer to your cup, Dritan gives 100%! I wish I reach your level of professionalism one day🙂

  2. Ben Levi Girón

    A really well made video. The shots, the descriptions and the explanation are interesting and straight to the point. I can assure that coffee beans from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, are delicious! Though, beans from Huehuetenango and Cobán are my favorites 😉

    I hope to visit Dritan's coffee shop some day and try these coffee beans!

  3. chrisjogga

    schönes Video Dritan. Schon krass zu sehen wieviel Arbeit es eigentlich bedeutet, aus der Kische die Bohnen zu holen, waschen und zu trocknen. Alles Handarbeit. Diese Arbeiter haben den grössten Respekt verdient. Zudem hat Guatemala sehr gute Bohnen, die gerne zwischendurch auch mal in meinem kleinen Röster landen…;) LG

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