Coffee quality is already determined at an early stage, partly due to the origin of beans. We primarily acquire our coffee in South America, Central America, East Africa and Indonesia, from coffee plantations located high in the mountains. Coffee plants that grow here provide Arabica beans, which generally tend to be of higher quality than Robusta beans. Because we have adopted very high standards, our coffee beans originate from plants that grow at heights of 1,500 to 1,800 metres and offer the very best coffee.
Step 1 – Manual picking
Due to the extreme heights, machines are unable to reach the plants. That is why cherries are picked by hand. Peeze coffee is made by only using cherries that are fully ripe and dark red in colour. These cherries help to offer the best quality.
Step 2 – Pulping
There are two ways to process cherries: a wet method and a dry method. Our coffee is made using the wet method: pulping. This involves machines squashing coffee cherries in order to release coffee beans. Each cherry features two coffee beans, which are surrounded by a parchment (pergamino).
Step 3 – Fermentation
The pulped coffee beans are then poured into large water tanks so they can ferment. During the fermentation process, natural enzymes help to remove any remaining pulp residues from the parchment. The coffee beans develop their aroma during this process, so it is very important to perform it with great care!
Step 4 – Washing
The coffee beans are washed once again after the fermentation process.
Step 5 – Drying
The washed coffee beans are then dried on concrete floors and drying tables. When doing so, it is important for beans to be turned regularly so all beans dry equally and rotting is avoided.
Step 6 – Parchment removal
The parchment is removed from coffee beans immediately before the date of export. This is done using special peeling machines.
Step 7 – Sorting
The individual coffee beans are mechanically or manually sorted based on size and colour. This helps to effectively eliminate any sub-standard coffee beans.
Step 8 – Export
Coffee beans are then packed in bags and prepared for export to Europe. However, this will only happen if they meet Peeze's strict quality requirements.