Drying Beds As Banks
Just like a roast curve, coffee has a drying curve; how it gets to 11% matters. Well-rested parchment has lower water activity and stays fresh for longer. But proper drying requires patience and infrastructure – two things usually not afforded to smallholder farmers in Tanzania. Adding drying beds to washing stations allows farmers to get paid by delivering cherry, which in turn gives the group the patience they need to take their time after washing.