Seasonal Decaf

Notes White Chocolate, Sugar Cane, Peach
Origin Finca La Bolsa, Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Altitude 1,700-1,900m
Varietal Caturra, Bourbon
Process  Washed

Finca La Bolsa is located in La Libertad in the renowned Huehuetenango region of Guatemala. The land was bought by Jorge Vides, a distinguished medical professional, in 1958 as a hobby project whilst he continued to work full time as a doctor. The land was covered in forest, and Jorge proceeded to cultivate bourbon and caturra coffee varieties. In 1980, he founded a school that still runs on the farm, which has since been named after him and authorised by Ministry of Education. Four years later, Anacafé accredited Jorge as a 'Distinguished Coffee Grower' and his endeavour has seen the farm win a number of subsequent awards for coffee production and for services to the region of Huehuetenango. Jorge even had the National Hospital of Huehuetenango named after him!

The farm sits between two mountains, which provide a very stable, humid microclimate. Once picked, the ripe coffee cherries are fermented for between 18 and 24 hours. They are then cleaned of mucilage, graded in channels and soaked overnight before being sun-dried on patios. The coffee has a syrupy body in the cup with notes of white-chocolate, sugar-cane and peach.

The farm is Rainforest Alliance certified and all of the temporary and permanent staff have access to schooling for their children. The workers are incentivised to leave their children at school or nursery through food donations. When a child attends the school or nursery for 5 consecutive days they receive a weekly supply of rice, beans and corn. Prior to the introduction of this scheme it was very difficult to get people to leave their children in the care of others, and schooling wasn’t necessarily valued as there is a greater pressure to earn more money to feed the family. As a result there are no children working on the farm, and the school and nursery classes are full. Accommodation is provided for permanent and temporary workers, with separate facilities for men, women and families, bathrooms and kitchens. Sections of the farm are reserved to promote biodiversity, and to reduce exposure to wind and soil erosion. Inga trees are used as shade trees and to fix nitrogen in the soil which is essential for plant and cherry growth.

SPARKLING WATER DECAFFEINATION PROCESS

The sparkling water decaffeination procedure is a gentle, natural and organically certified process which involves the following steps:

The green beans enter a ‘pre-treatment’ vessel where they are cleaned and moistened with water before being brought into contact with pressurised liquid carbon dioxide. When the green coffee beans absorb the water, they expand and the pores are opened resulting in the caffeine molecules becoming mobile.

The beans are then brought into contact with the pressurised liquid carbon dioxide which combines with the water to essentially form sparkling water. The carbon dioxide circulates through the beans and acts like a magnet, drawing out the mobile caffeine molecules.

The sparkling water then enters an evaporator which precipitates the caffeine rich carbon dioxide out of the water. The now caffeine free water is pumped back into the vessel for a new cycle.

This cycle is repeated until the required residual caffeine level is reached. Once this has happened, the circulation of carbon dioxide is stopped and the green beans are discharged into a drier.

The good caffeine selectivity of the carbon dioxide guarantees high retention of other coffee components which contribute to taste and aroma.

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