Hulling is a step in the coffee processing method that involves removing the outer layers of the coffee cherry, including the pulp, mucilage, and parchment, to reveal the coffee bean inside.

The hulling process is crucial for the quality of the coffee beans, as it removes the fruit and other impurities that can affect the taste and aroma of the coffee. It also helps to protect the coffee beans from mold and other contaminants during storage.

Hulling can also be used as a way to separate the peaberries from the regular beans, due to their smaller size and shape, peaberries are often considered as a separate product, and are sold at a higher price point than regular coffee beans.

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