Farm to Processing
Two primary ways to process coffee are natural, or dry, processing and wet processing. Processing further sorts the cherries then removes four layers -- pulp, mucilage, parchment and silverskin -- leaving the beans.
When the pulp and all or some of the mucilage are removed, beans are laid in elevated drying tables or on patios to dry to ~11% moisture content to prepare for storage and shipping. Parchment and silverskin are milled off just prior to sorting, quality grading and shipping.