Do you know the reason why civet cats love eating ripe coffee berries? The answer is simple, the pulp is sweet. I usually eat red ripe coffees during harvest season. I only eat the pulp and expelled out the seeds.
According to coffee farmers, manufacturer and traders, coffee is the second most traded commodity next to oil. We are talking not just in Philippines but in the whole world. Coffee pulp is always neglected because:
1) We are always after the bean. All of us are thinking that coffee should be brown to dark roasted, a bitter beverage.
2) Coffee pulp is not eaten by tradition.
3) Most farmers harvest coffee green and ripe. -Sorting them and removing the pulp would be a hard work.
4) Coffees are dried with the pulp/hulls intact. -Removing the pulp will shorten the drying time.
5) Coffee pulp are discarded during wet processing. -This wet processing method could be modified to a more hygienic practice to turn the peels to an expensive wine product.
If someone can develop a technology for easy coffee pulp removal, it can be easily process to various food commodities like jam, juice, concentrate, jelly, and flavorings.