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Tiny actions, big impacts

Born in the Peace Corps and inspired by the tiny house movement, we seek to make a big impact through small actions

Many people don't realize it, but coffee is an agricultural product that changes dozens of hands before it even makes it stateside.

So much care and expertise is embedded into the cultivation and care of each tiny bean at every step of the process. It is our delight to share this process with you.


The coffee "bean" isn't really a bean at all; it's actually a seed found inside a fruit, making it much closer to stonefruit like cherries or peaches.

Each coffee cherry contains two oblong seeds. These seeds are safely nestled in a papery protective layer called parchment, which is covered in a membrane of sticky mucilage.


Coffee cherries are measured for ripeness during harvest using Brix meters, a tool commonly used by food scientists to measure sugar content.

To measure, some of the coffee cherry's juice is squeezed into the Brix meter, which is then held up to a light source where a reading is given.

By supplying our partners at origin with their own Brix meters, Tiny House is able to help ensure that only the ripest, sugariest coffee cherries are chosen.

The coffee harvest is very labor intensive and requires even the smallest farms to take on seasonal workers to complete. Harvesters are paid out based on the weight of the coffee cherries they collect.

Harvest workers are paid upfront, whereas farmers usually have to wait until the coffee is sold to receive payment. Tiny House helps mitigate this gap in payment by committing to our producer partners year after year.


After harvest, the coffee cherries are sorted for size, run through a depulper, and put into fermentation tanks to strip the coffee seeds of its sticky mucilage layer. Once fermentation is finished, the coffee is rinsed and then sent to the dry mill for the next part of the process.


Coffee beans arrive at the dry mill still in their papery protective layer, known as parchment. They are spread out to dry on patios or raised beds until their moisture content is stable enough for exporting, at which point they are hulled of their parchment layer and put into bags.

Baby plants in a coffee nursery.

The lush rolling hills of a coffee farm.

A flowering coffee plant.

Coffee cherries being run through a depulper.

Coffee cupping for quality control.

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