In anticipation of a class on fermentation and processing styles in coffee, I asked my colleague Evan to help me create a unique visualization tool to convey accurately and quickly what people mean when they say “pulped natural” or “triple washed,” for example.

You’ll note the color-coded language: green indicating almost always and red almost never, with a good amount of ambiguity highlighted in yellow and a few exceptions noted in other shades and with some additional text.

This is because not everyone means the same thing when they use certain terms to indicate their processing methods. Ambiguity springs up all over the place. You can find out more about fermentation and Anaerobic & Carbonic styles of processing here.

You can also access the full size PDF here: Processing Steps Infographic