Sweet Maria's wrote:Ilya, I didn't in the slightest say that mold isn't a problem in coffee production, of course it is. Dealing with balancing moisture levels of an organic material can certainly result in some degree of molding. The claim that I was making is that any coffee containing mold is rejected by this company and any company I've worked for or purchased green coffee from. Mold is not easy to hide in green coffee, it is painfully noticeable, as well as the fact that moisture levels that would lead to mold are measurable and are indeed a factor in coffee selection/rejection. The company in this ad seems to have built their marketing around very common practices is all that I'm saying, perhaps ludicrous was the wrong word, but my reaction is to the fact that they are marketing themselves as unique while they are actually using quite standard practices for specialty coffee production.
The Panama Duncan Estate is processed with the Penagos aquapulpers that I described earlier and fits your criteria. http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.central.panama.php?source=side
Sweet Maria's wrote:Ilya, it looks like you may have missed the part of my statement where I mentioned that doing moisture readings is a part of coffee selection and/or rejection process, which can at the very least help to determine if mold is at all a risk. We also do UV readings here at SM. I can assure that there are extremely thorough sampling processes being used not just by us but many and most specialty coffee green buyers in regards to tasting for mold and other defects. Make no mistake, we're talking about large investments here, no one is just turning a blind eye to the many different taints and defects that can possibly ruin that investment. A good deal of the language in that advertisement makes it sound like an entire industry would totally disregard something that would potentially render their product completely useless and unsaleable.
It seems to me like you might have a horse in this race, which is fine, I'm not sweating that. If that's the case, then good luck, for real. If you're not attached to that company and are just out to start conversations/debates about the risks of mold in specialty coffee sold by this site, then all I can really tell you that i haven't already is that I'm not in the slightest bit worried about it.
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