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Colombia DECAF

Colombia DECAF


This is a Caturra decaf from El Vergel Estate.  Shady and Elias Vergel made the decision to produce a very high-quality decaffeinated coffee, after seeing that all the coffee used in Colombia to produce “decaf” is a low-quality coffee. 

The Sugar Cane Process originates in Colombia where sugar cane grows in abundance. As molasses is a key byproduct in sugar production it is ideal to be fermented to make ethanol alcohol due to its abundance. The ethanol is combined with acetic acid (vinegar), to create the solvent ethyl acetate (E.A.) which is a compound that naturally occurs in wine, beer, fruit, and vegetables. The coffee beans are steamed or soaked in water to help release caffeine from the seed structure. Afterwards the coffee undergoes an E.A. wash, which dissolves the caffeine. Finally, the seeds are cleaned with water again and then dried to a stable moisture level. We find this process results in a decaf coffee with a lovely, clean, and sweet flavour!


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