Lockdown Coffee - Decaf 500g
Orders made by midnight Sunday will be roasted and shipped out to you by the following Thursday. We are organising our roasting in this way so that we can roast and ship your coffee while keeping our team safe through appropriate social distancing with only one person working in our roastery.
Our main coffees are currently only available in the 500g size so that we can cope with our current way of safe working.
El Carmen Sugarcane Decaf (Colombia):
Region: Pitalito, Huila
Altitude: 1,400 - 2,100 m.a.s.l
Variety: Caturra, Castillo
Processing: washed, decaf
El Carmen is a regional coffee from Colombia and is part of the Red Associations project by Raw Materials coffee importers. (The Colombia El Aguila we sell is another regional coffee from this same project.) This is the first coffee we've sold using the sugarcane decaffeination process, which uses a naturally occurring compound, ethyl acetate, to remove the caffeine from the beans. Ethyl acetate is a food by-product found most commonly in the fermentation of fruits, and is present in both ripe bananas and beer for example. This coffee is called "sugarcane" decaf because the ethyl acetate used is from fermented sugarcane sourced in the southern region of Palmira, Colombia.
The 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. Finally the coffee is steamed again to remove any residual of the ethyl acetate, and then dried to a stable moisture content for shipping.
Stay home, be safe, get caffeinated!