Tasting Notes: Chocolate, Toffee, Heavy
Process: Fully Washed, Sun-Dried, Ethyl Acetate Decaffeination (Sugarcane)
Variety: Catuarra, Castillo, Colombia
Elevation: 1200–2100 masl
Importer: Cafe Imports
Our Colombia decaf is custom decaffeinated in Colombia, using a special, natural process that utilizes a solvent of ethyl acetate, which can be derived from fermented sugar.
The process works by soaking green coffee in a solution of E.A., which bonds to the salts of chlorogenic acid in the coffee and allows for the removal of caffeine. The coffee is removed from the solvent and steamed at low pressure to remove the E.A. compounds, and the finished product retains its flavor integrity but contains almost no caffeine at all. (The beans will contain a maximum of 0.01–0.03% caffeine.)
This particular lot is blended from the parchment deliveries of various smallholder growers who live and work in Colombia's Huila department.