Producer: Various small producers
Region: Pitalito, Colombia
Process: Washed processed & ‘sugarcane’ process decaffeinated
Importer: Raw Material
Cup profile: Creamy, dark chocolate, almond, ripe black plum
For best results we would always recommend purchasing whole bean and grinding fresh before brewing. If you don't have a grinder, we can grind according to your preferred brewing method just before shipping.
About the ‘sugarcane’ decaffeination process:
Sugar cane decaffeination is often termed as a natural process decaf. Ethyl Acetate is an organically existing compound (C4H8O2) and by-product found most commonly in the fermentation of fruits, and is present in both ripe bananas and beer for example. The plant in Colombia where this coffee is decaffeinated uses water from the Navado el Ruis (a volcano between Caldas and Tolima) and natural ethyl-acetate from fermented sugarcane sourced in the southern region of Palmira, Colombia. This process begins with steaming of the coffee, increasing its porosity, beginning the hydrolysis of caffeine, which is usually bonded to salts and chlorogenic acid in the bean. The beans are then submerged in an ethyl acetate solvent, until 97% of the caffeine is removed. A final steam is then used to lift residual traces of the compound. The ultimate residue which remains is ≥ 30 ppm, which is a level dramatically less than that of a banana!