Colombia Sugar Cane Decaf
With a rich plush body, and subtle brown sugar sweetness, notes of rum, toffee and lime create a perfect decaf cup that is natural and fully traceable. A perfect solution for those sensitive to caffeine or just looking for a full-bodied decaf option!
The Farm Story
Our Decaf comes from the beloved Planadas village in the department of Tolima in Colombia where the association Agprocem was created. The members united their efforts in their individual mills to form a uniform larger lot, all processed using the washed method, then sun-dried before being sent for decaffeination. Agprocem counts 61 families producing Caturra, Castillo, and Typica varieties mainly. The farms of the association range between 1700 and 2000 m.
This lot was sourced prior to decaffeination, a new way of better managing quality straight from the farm, when before Decaf was mainly sourced from an offer list of importers sending larger lots to large decaffeination plants. By selecting before decaffeination, we are able to provide the highest quality water and E.A. (sugar cane) processed products available.
For many years, Colombia was the number-one world producer of washed coffees and the second-largest producer to Brazil. Today they are currently in the top five of coffee production with roughly 10 million bags per year.
What is the Sugar Cane decaffeination process?
In short, this process starts by fermenting molasses sugars derived from sugar cane to create ethanol. The ethanol is then mixed with acetic acid (found naturally in vinegar) to create the ethyl acetate compound, or E.A. Coffee is first steamed to open up the pores. E.A. is applied with water, which dissolves the caffeine. Coffee is then separated and filtered out of the tank. Lastly, the coffee is steamed a second time to remove any leftover E.A. — it is then dried and packaged for shipment to us! The steaming avoids high heat or pressure that other processes use, protecting the actual cell structure of green coffee, leading to a better tasting bean that maintains stronger flavors!