Paying close attention to all the coffees we buy means we have always treated our decaf purchases with the same care and rigour as all lots we buy, but this year we have selected an entire lot to be decaffeinated in Colombia.

The Producers

This lot from La Plata in Colombia’s Huila region has been created by combining high quality outturns from 7 farmers in and around the small parish of San Sebastian. Producers such as Gina Samara Jalvin, Gloria Isabel Garcia, Ivonne Andrea Oviedo and Laura Ramirez are amongst the larger contributors.

The coffee varieties being tended to are typical for the region, comprising Caturra, Castillo & Variedad Colombia. These are planted amongst Cambulo and Guamo trees, which are nitrogen fixing, as well as Cedro and other native trees which provide shade and increase biodiversity on the farms.

During harvest the cherries are selected by hand when ripe, traditionally depulped and fermented before being fully washed and dried either on covered patios or raised beds in polytunnels. Once cupped, assessed and collated the lots are sent for decaffeination.  

The Decaffeination Process

Having tasted various options in their regular and subsequent decaffeinated state we have been able to secure a coffee that has a sweet, clean cup profile and has best maintained its character and integrity after the decaffeination process.

For the last eight years we’ve solely purchased decaffeinated coffees that have undergone the Sugar Cane Ethyl Acetate process. Not only does this method provide a secondary income to the producing country, but the green coffee only needs to be transported once rather than twice. Obviously more eco-friendly and less costly, it has a huge impact on cup quality too. The conditions in which coffee is transported are rarely conducive to preserving quality, and so avoiding this process from happening twice is always beneficial for the cup. The coffee, having been shipped only once unlike most decaf options that arrive into the UK via Mexico, Canada or Germany, tastes all the fresher for it.  

The actual solvent doing the work of decaffeinating the green coffee at Descafecol is derived from fermenting and making an alcohol from sugar cane. This is combined with spring water and is used to wash the caffeine out of the steamed green coffee until less than 0.1% of the original caffeine content remains.

Discover more on our approach to decaffeinated coffee in this video.

The Exporter

Typically, Caravela operate an 80/20 model, working with a vast majority of smallholders and a minority of farmers with large coffee estates. In their latest impact report 87% of their producing partners had farms of less than 5 hectares in size. More than half of the producers they worked with were visited by their PECA team, and in Colombia alone they are working with 1,746 producers across 52 communities. 

As regards their PECA program, they have said the below:

“Coffee growers are the heart of our business model, without them we could not maintain and sustain this value chain. They are responsible for producing the best coffees that delight us every day. The Coffee Growers Education Program (PECA) has developed a symbiotic relationship between coffee growers and Caravela since we’re always learning from each other. For many years, we have accumulated experiences throughout experimentation and work that provides tools to empower and educates coffee growers, resulting in consistent high-quality coffees”. 

We love being able to offer a filter roast of our selected decaffeinated lots, but please note that, due to demand, we roast this coffee less frequently than other lots. As a result, you may receive more rested coffee when you order La Serrania Decaffeinated Filter, but know we have taken every step to ensure prolonged freshness and deliciousness via our packaging materials and use of nitrogen to expel oxygen from the packaging environment.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions or queries about our approach to decaf coffee.

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La Serrania Decaf Filter Coffee

San Sebastian, La Plata, Huila, Colombia

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Tasting notes:

Wonderfully sweet & clean, look for notes of brown sugar & gentle orange. Comforting milk chocolate leads to a finish reminding us of candied almonds.

Collections: All Products , Coffee

Category: Decaffeinated Filter

Type: Filter

Coffee Information

Producer 7 farmers in La Plata

Harvest July, 2023

Process Hand-harvested, traditionally depulped & dry fermented, fully washed & E. A. sugar cane decaffeinated.

Variety Caturra, Castillo & V. Colombia

Region San Sebastian, La Plata, Huila

Country Colombia

Altitude 1,750 to 2,000 metres

Arrival October, 2023

More on Pre-Ground

From finest to coarsest, the filter grind settings we are offering are as follows:

  • Fairly Fine (1 Cup Pourover/AeroPress/SteepShot)
  • Fine-Medium (2 Cup Pourover/Clever Dripper)
  • Medium (French Press)
  • Coarse (Moccamaster/Autobrewer/Chemex)
  • Our pre-ground options are designed to map to a particular dose of coffee as much as the brewers mentioned. If you’re brewing just 15g in a 2 Cup V60 brew cone as it is the only cone you have, you should opt for the 1 Cup V60 grind size. Similarly, if you are just brewing 30g in a MoccaMaster, you should opt for a finer grind setting, like the 2 Cup V60.

    We would advise using these as starting points:
  • 12-18g: Fairly fine
  • 19-28g: Fine-medium
  • 29-55g: Medium
  • 56-80g: Coarse
  • Please note that pre-ground coffee will be delivered in a different bag to its whole bean counterpart. This is to ensure easy access when it comes to measuring our your dose. You will also find a ‘Ground on’ date on the bag in place of a ‘Roasted on’ date – we advise brewing your pre-ground coffee within 2 weeks of the ‘Ground on’ date.

    For more information on our approach to pre-ground coffee, visit our learn section here.


    • All our coffee is packed in 250g valved bags and nitrogen flushed.
    • Decaffeinated filter is available whole bean and pre-ground for yor chosen brew method.
    • All orders are packed and shipped each working day
    • For more information on shipping, see our 'Shipping' page.

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