Colombia Decaf EA Process


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raw green bean Green coffee is raw Roast prior to consumption

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.

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.

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

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 April 21, 2021

Not good in the cup. I regret I bought it.

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by on March 30, 2021

Good decaf coffee. Comes close to caffeinated columbian in aroma, richness and taste. Good in medium or light-medium roast. Also, good service & prompt shipping.

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by on December 15, 2020

Hard to decide what I like better...Product or Service? BOTH are really outstanding!!

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by on December 13, 2020

Really like this Decaf! Have purchased 7 pounds now, and this is the best decaf my wife and I have found anywhere! I roast it in my Gene Café in a two-stage roasting process, Drying pre-roast for 8.5 mins, stop and cool for 30 mins, roast in hot drum at three temps through about 16 minutes. Finishes at a beautiful ‘coffee’ color, and the aroma when cooled is smooth and sweet. We then cold brew six ounces of roasted, coarse ground coffee to make 1/2 gallon cold brew coffee. Smooth, low acid, and slightly caramel. Great with cashew milk.

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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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