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Colombia Decaf EA Cauca


Flavor Profile

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

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  • CategoryDecaffeinated
  • CountryColombia
  • Local RegionCauca
  • ProcessWashed
  • VarietyColombia, Caturra, Castillo
  • Altitude (meters)1,500 – 2,100 masl
  • HarvestApril - July
  • Organic CertificationNo
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • DecaffeinatedYes
  • Decaf ProcessEthyl Acetate Process
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raw green bean Green coffee is raw Roast prior to consumption

Processed with ethyl acetate, (a sweet-smelling organic compound derived from sugar cane created during fermentation) this bean originates from the Andean region’s only decaffeination plant, Descafecol. The plant relies on pure water from the Navado el Ris (a snow-capped volcano resting on the border of Caldas and Tolima) and natural ethyl acetate from sugar cane plants in Palmira, Colombia. From the Trilladora Andes Mill, the coffee’s complete process involves machine-pulping, 6-8 hour fermentation, rinsing and patio-drying for 12 hours, and a final 6-hour drying.

The Decaffeination process starts with steaming the green coffee beans at low pressure in order to remove their silver skins. Then, the beans are swelled and softened with hot water, which starts the caffeine's hydrolysis process––water causes the caffeine to break down and separate from the other compounds. In the next step, the ethyl acetate circulates through the beans until at least 97% of the caffeine is removed.

Saturated steam is applied at low pressure to remove the ethyl acetate in the final processing stages. Coffee beans are then cooled to ambient temperature, surrounded by fans, and polished with carnauba wax, protecting the beans from humidity. The coffee beans are vacuum-dried in drums to ensure water removal and bring moisture levels to less than 12%.***Due to the high order volume of this coffee you may experience a 1-2 day delay in shipping. We thank you for your patience!***

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

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating
April 15, 2024

One of the best Colombian Decaf coffee My favorite and I roasted on fresh roast. SR. 800 with factory extension tube and if you roast it to a medium light or a light, going to need a rest for a couple days

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January 30, 2024

I can only drink decaf, and I just can't find it roasted dark enough for my taste. I love Coffee Bean Corral Columbia Decaf EA. I tried Columbia Decaf WP from another vendor but it didn't have enough flavor. It wouldn't roast dark enough without burning. I'm back. This is the good stuff!

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January 12, 2024

I'm caffeine sensitive, and this is a really good coffee. We dark roasted it, and it tasted like coffee should, which isn't always the case with decaf.

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September 19, 2023

The beans are small, but uniform. No tiny ones or cracked pieces falling out of a Behmor drum! I gave it a good few shakes on loading them in and nothing dropped out. Also, very clean, almost no chaff at all. My first roast on this didn't go well thanks to the Behmor's habit of unceremoniously shutting off entirely instead of going to a cooling cycle when it overheats, ironically *creating* a fire hazard. This isn't about the roaster ofc, but it's relevant. The very first bean had only just cracked its very first crack when this happened. So I had to quick pull the beans out before they caught fire, cool them by hand, then re-roast briefly to get to a real first popping crack, which I expected would yield a pretty flawed, uneven flavor. (I'm on a very tight budget so I'd still drink it.) Considerably to my surprise, after all that abuse, it's delicious! Full-bodied, warm, with a velvety finish, rich and deep. Maybe you hafta burn it a little on the outside to get the best results? I don't know. I'll obviously try to avoid that on the next roast by doing a smaller amount, so we'll see! But it can take a licking, that's for sure. Very resilient bean!

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April 24, 2023

Good coffee for a decaf. I wrote a poor 2 star review previously (which you can ignore or delete) because I thought it turned bitter quickly after brewing and I did not think the flavor profile was that great. I varied the roast levels and mixed with some other caffeinated beans for half caff and got better results. Even though it is not my favorite, it is still better than many decafs and probably any grocery store decaf. It is balanced and tastes fine, it just isn't amazing.

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October 7, 2022

Roasts nicely excellent flavors

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August 19, 2022

EA processing makes this truly the best decaf available. I could give this to most any normal coffee drinker and they would be hard pressed to tell it's a decaf at all. Extend your drying phase to like 50% to get the best out of it. I take it to FC-FC+ / 14 - 15% weight loss and think that it comes out better than at a lighter roast.

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March 19, 2022

Second Review Blind taste test against Colombian Excelso Swiss Water Process Decaf. When I ordered this last time it came as Excelso EP. I assume these are the same beans with different processes. Just a touch lighter than medium dark roast. Ground on a Baratza at 9, medium. The SWP was fine but a bit bland. Sawdust wood flavors, nice balance of acid. This Excelso EP was as usual beautifully complex with intense spicy coffee flavors. Not explosively bold, but a perfect cup for me. It appears that the Swiss Water Process is destroying a lot of the flavor. I am convinced that Ethy Acetate Process is superior at least the way this processor does it.

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November 15, 2021

Loved this decaf. I don't usually like decafs but this gives better real cofffee, earthy, rich flavor than some of my favorit regulars. Roasted a little lighter than I usually do, maybe medium light. I wonder if the ethyl acetate processing is part of what make this outstandin. Looking for more ethyl acetate processed decaf to compare it to.

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November 12, 2021

Really a wonderful decaf. Usually decafs don't taste as good as regular, but this was just perfect for an after dinner coffee. Will buy again.

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April 21, 2021

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

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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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December 15, 2020

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

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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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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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July 20, 2020

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

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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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