Frequently asked questions
CM Selections FAQ
Where the carbonic maceration techniques are most helpful for producers is in converting what would be an average lot into a specialty lot. This enables them to create a product that is of a higher quality and therefore they can sell it at a higher price.
The CM processing techniques provide a platform for producers to have more control over the process itself and as a result provide more certainty in what outcome or quality level may be achieved. By sharing the knowledge and experience Project Origin has developed, we can adjust the appropriate variables required for successful CM processing with the producers in order to replicate flavour and cup profiles for a steady stream of beans each harvest for the consumers, but also to allow a steady income for producers through such a reliable product.
On the contrary, in most cases, Project Origin pays for all of the equipment used to establish CM processing at a farm or washing station. Project Origin also guarantees the price that will be paid to producers for coffees that are processed using our techniques regardless of the final cup quality. We do this for all producers and washing stations that are part of the CM Selections program. The producer or washing station bears none of the risks for creating coffee through Project Origin’s CM Selections program, but they do get the security of an agreed fixed price that is set at a premium above their normal sale price.
Our CM Selections range has the capacity to broaden our understanding and experience of coffee. We believe it deserves its own categorisation system so that we can approach these coffees without the inevitable predetermined bias we subconsciously build when referring to cupping scores.As an alternative, we categorise our CM Selections range into five gemstones that represent flavour profiles. The gemstones are Indigo, Jasper, Amber, Diamond and Opal. To understand more about the gemstone range, you can read our CM Champion’s Selections article.
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