Taste Profile: Digestive biscuit, tart fruit, lemon funk
Farm Name: various smallholder farms
Altitude: (MASL) 1200 - 2100 MASL
Varieties: Castillo, Colombia, Caturra
Farm Level Story
—ABOUT THE FARMERS & THEIR FARM
Sourced by: Cafe Imports Europe.
Our Colombian E.A. (ethyl acetate) decaf offerings are special in more ways than one: First, they're cupped specifically for their quality and sourced by single-origin, either region or farm. We call them Decaf De Caña because they're custom decaffeinated in Colombia, using a special, natural process that utilizes a solvent of ethyl acetate, which can be derived from fermented sugar. Cafe Imports staff has personally visited the decaffeination plant several times, and we are impressed by the process as well as the quality in the cup!
The process works by soaking green coffee in a solution of E.A., which bonds to the salts of chlorogenic acid in the coffee and allows for the removal of caffeine. The coffee is removed from the solvent and steamed at low pressure to remove the E.A. compounds, and the finished product retains its flavor integrity but contains almost no caffeine at all. (The beans will contain a maximum of 0.01–0.03% caffeine.)
We like brewing the decaf with a V60 pour over or aeropress if it is past coffee drinking hours. Here is a good one for summer time.
Ice Coffee Recipe
Ratio: 1:17 Coffee: 20 grams Water: 300 grams (100 grams of which is ice) Total brew time: 3:00 minutes
"This is the best decaf we have ever tasted. If you hadn't told me it was decaf I would have never known". - Fredrik