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The red ripe cherry is removed from the outer skin using either a pulper or a demucilager. This leaves the coffee seed inside its protective parchment layer, covered with either no mucilage (the pulpy fruit layer between the outer skin of the fruit and the parchement seed covering) or quite a bit of mucilage. To get the later result, you use the pulper or use a mucilager with the water turned way down to avoid striping off the mucilage.