Over the last three years we’ve only purchased Colombian decaffeinated coffees that have undergone the Sugar Cane Ethyl Acetate process. Not only does this method provide a secondary income to the 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 being shipped only once unlike most decaf options that arrive into the UK via Mexico, Canada or Germany, tastes all the fresher for it.
This is the first time we have bought decaffeinated coffee with our newest green supplier Caravela Coffee. A company created in Colombia, owned by Colombians, you’d think right if you thought they’d be able to get great coffees from their homeland, and this decaf is no exception.
Grown along an isolated set of mountains stretching from Timana to Palestina in the Southern part of Huila, this decaf is the work of around 50 smallholder farmers growing a mix of the usual Colombian varieties - Caturra, Castillo and Colombia. Each farmer is dedicated to quality, processing only the ripest cherries harvested from multiple passes on their trees, dry fermenting them for around 24 hours before washing, then drying under parabolic dryers or on raised beds. This attention to detail and quality coupled with the benefits brought about by the sugar cane decaffeination process results in another delicious decaf coffee that exceeds our expectations and makes a damn fine cappuccino.
Pitalito, Huila, Colombia
This decaf option makes for an incredibly sweet and aromatic cup. Laden with milk chocolate, vanilla and orange peel, it’s coupled with a syrupy, lingering finish.