La Serrania Decaf
In The Cup: Chocolate, Walnuts, PlumsRegion: Huila
Altitude: 1,500 - 1,750m above sea level
Varietal: Colombia, Caturra and Typica
Processing: Washed in micro-mills at each farm
Sourced By: Caravela Coffee Australia Pacific
This lot is a blend of coffee from small producers in Pitalito, Huila that was decaffeinated in Colombia (the same country as that which the coffee was grown in) using ethylacetate - a by product derived from fermented sugar cane - which was also grown in Colombia! Ethylacetate is an ester that occurs naturally in fruits and vegetables such as bananas, apples and - coffee. The result is an incredibly fresh, clean and sweet, naturally decaffeinated coffee.
The growers are small-scale coffee growers, whose farms range from 1 to 15 hectares and are at altitudes ranging between 1,500 and 1,750 m.a.s.l. All of them process their coffee in their small beneficios, and then dry it in covered patios until the coffee reaches the optimal moisture level. the coops total production is around 1570 bags per year (70kg)
This coffee was decaffeinated in Colombia. This might not sound remarkable, but most coffee is either decaffeinated in Canada or Germany. This adds food miles to the coffee, which is not good. What decaffeination in a coffee’s producing country does is add value at the place where I’m very happy to add value; that is, around 40 KM from the warehouse where the shipments are collated.