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Colombia Decaf EA Process

SKU COLDECAFEAP

Starting at $6.75 / lb
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raw green bean Green coffee is raw Roast prior to consumption

A Decaf like no other !!

Ethyl acetate is an organic compound (C4H8O2) derived from Sugar cane plants that has a sweet smell. It’s created during fermentation and contributes to what’s often described as the “fruitiness” in a young wine.

Descafecol is the only decaffeination plant in the Andean region of Colombia. The plant relies entirely on the pure water from the Navado el Ruis (a snow-capped volcano on the border of the departments of Caldas and Tolima) and natural ethyl acetate from sugar cane plants in Palmira, Colombia.

Cupping notes: Candy-like, with notes of tropical fruit and citrus; creamy body

At Descafecol, the decaffeination process begins with steaming the green coffee at a very low pressure to remove the silver skins. The beans are then moistened with hot water, which causes them to swell and soften and begins the hydrolysis of the caffeine, which is bonded to salts of chlorogenic acid. (Hydrolysis refers water interacting with a compound and causing it to loosen from other particles. The ethyl acetate solvent is then circulated through the beans multiple times until at least 97 percent of the caffeine is removed. A low-pressure, saturated steam is then applied to remove any last traces of the ethyl acetate, and finally the coffee is vacuum-dried in drums to remove any water and bring the final moisture level to between 10 and 12 percent. The coffee is cooled to ambient temperature with fans and then polished with carnauba wax to protect it against humidity.

At the Trilladora Andes mill, this coffee was machine pulped, fermented for 6 to 8 hours, rinsed and then dried on a patio for 12 hours and in a dryer for 6.

Coffee Bean Matrix Attributes

  • CountryColombia
  • Organic CertificationNo
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • ProcessWashed
  • DecaffeinatedYes
  • Decaf ProcessEthyl Acetate Process
  • Altitude (meters)1,500–2,100 masl
  • Brightness:4
  • Body:5
  • Aroma:6
  • Complexity:3
  • Balance:4
  • Sweetness:7
  • Spicy:-
  • Chocolaty:light bean
  • Nutty:heavy bean
  • Buttery:medium bean
  • Fruity:heavy bean
  • Flowery:-
  • Winey:-
  • RegionCauca
  • VarietyColombia, Caturra, Castillo
  • HarvestApril–July

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by on August 21, 2020

Took to a full city roast. Smooth and creamy come to mind. I would definitely recommend. Then why not a 5 star rating? I was looking for a somewhat bolder cup.

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by on July 20, 2020

For decaf, It's pretty good to me and my wife loves it. I roast it medium.

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by on July 18, 2020

This a mediocre decaf to my taste, but maybe I’ll try some different roast levels or grind size. It’s ok, but I’m still looking for a more flavorful decaf and I think I prefer Colombia swp or co2. This is not as bright as expected by the description.

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