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Colombia Valle Del Cauca Sugarcane Decaf

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Tasting Notes: 


After the popularity of the Colombian Gold Label Sugarcane decaf last year, I knew I had to find another sugarcane decaf this year to match up.  I think I have, but got a deal on it, so it isn't a Gold Label.

A sugarcane decaf and Swiss Water decaf are very different coffees.  Note that this is a sugarcane decaf and I think I'll do my best to keep one in stock.  As I state below, this is not as complete of a process as SWP.  Where SWP removes 99.9% of the caffeine, this process only removes 98-99%.  But what it leaves in caffeine, it also leaves in flavor and hey, what is 1-2% between friends?

On to the tasting notes.  This coffee hints of cherry & roasted almond.  It has a rich sweetness to it, so I added almond sticks to the photos to help show those notes.  I love this coffee and wish I could drink it in the mornings.  However, I still have that caffeine addiction, so this one stands as my evening nightcap.


Highlights:

Roast Level: Full City (Medium
Processing: Sugarcane Decaf
Region: Valle del Cauca
Flavor Notes: Cherry, Cocoa, Almond
Certification: Sugarcane Decaf
Farm: El Aguila Municipality
Altitude:
1750m
Grade: SHB
Varietal Castillo, Caturra

About Sugarcane Decaf:


Sugarcane is fermented and converted to EA (Ethyl Acetate), which is a naturally occurring compound and solvent that derives from the fermentation of the sugarcane.

When the coffee first arrives at the Decaf plant it is placed in big silos that give off a light steam. This is to open the pores of the beans to allow for easy extraction of the caffeine. It's also to remove the silver skin from the bean which can hinder the decaf process.

The green beans are then submerged into a tank filled with water and EA to begin the Decaf process. The EA naturally bonds with the compounds of the coffee, allowing for the decaffeination to occur.

The process takes about 24 hours and removes about 98-99% of the caffeine. The extracted caffeine is sold to energy drink companies or soda companies. The silver skin from the green bean that was removed is also used and sold as a fertilizer...a darn good fertilizer, too!


 

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Coffee Grinds Explained

We currently offer 4 different coffee grind levels.  Listed below with descriptions.

Whole Bean: Unground coffee for a home grinder.

Coarse: Think sugar in the raw, maybe more coarse, recommended for Chemex Brewer, French Press, Cold Brew

Medium: Slightly coarser than table salt, recommended for Metal Kone filters, Flat bottom brewers including Kalitta, Cloth filters

Fine:  Slightly finer than table salt, recommended for V60 pour overs, Cone filter coffee pots, Moka Pot, Aeropress.

Extra Fine: Like powdered sugar, recommended for Espresso.

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