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Brazilian Method

The Brazilian or New York Method is a green coffee classication method, as is the SCCA Method. It is based on a sample of 300 grams. The number of coffee beans equivalent to one full defect is given below. According to the overall defects/points the coffee is rated using a point system ranging from -200 (bad) to 100 (good).

Intrinsic defect

Number Full defects
Black bean 1 1
Sour / Stinker bean 1 1
Shells 3 1
Green 5 1
Broken 5 1
Insect damage 5 1
Mal-formed 5 1

Foreign defect

Number Full defects
Dried cherry 1 1
Floater 2 1
Small rock or stick (screen size 14 or below) 1 1
Medium rock or stick (screen size 15-17) 1 2
Large rock or stick (screen size 18 or above) 1 5
Small skin or husk 5 1
Medium skin or husk 3 1
Large skin or husk 1 1