Natural Coffees – Good For Water Resources

by | Mar 8, 2016

Key Insight

Based on what I’ve learned so far, I think that natural coffees should have a future, and that the coffee industry (from roasters to farmers) should invest in methods and systems to make natural coffees more consistent.

Six years ago, James Hoffman started a post on natural coffees saying, “You could say this debate is old news, but somehow it still seems to be rumbling on.”

Well, I’m fairly new to specialty coffee, and I’m so green to natural coffees that I was surprised (and delighted) to discover there was a debate.  After studying and tasting natural coffees over the past several months, I decided to wade deep into this debate. My premise:

Naturals should play a big role in the future of specialty coffee for two reasons:

  1. Natural coffees have a far smaller water footprint than wet-milled coffees.
  2. Natural coffees taste fantastic.