8 Smallholder Farmers of Pitalito, Huila, Colombia
|Process||Washed, Natural Sugar Cane EA Decaffeination|
|Variety||Caturra, Castillo, Colombia|
Milk-Chocolate, Honeycomb, Berries
Our current decaf is comprised of nine lots from eight smallholder farmers located in the Pitalito area of Colombia's Huila Department. The coffee is hand-sorted and processed on each farm before being sent to Descafecol in Manizales for decaffeination by way of the Natural Sugar Cane EA Process. This process involves placing the coffee in a solution of water and ethyl acetate, a naturally occuring compound derived through the fermentation of sugar cane. Aside from resulting in the tastiest decaf coffee we have tried to date, this process also has the best sustainability credentials in comparison to other decaffeination processes that we are aware of. The carbon footprint is kept to a minimum, with the solvent being derived from the domestic sugar cane industry, and the process occuring within Colombia (as opposed to Europe or North America). This also benefits the domestic economy.
In the cup the coffee is clean and sweet with notes of milk-chocolate, honeycomb and delicate berries.