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Colombia Pitalito Sugarcane Decaf

Origin Colombia /

Altitude 1500 - 2000 masl /

Crop Year 2019 /

Varietal Castillo Colombia and Caturra /

Product Code 6785

About Colombia Pitalito Sugarcane Decaf

This decaf blend is a mix of Castillo, Colombia and Caturra grown by farmers living in Pitalito which is a town and municipality located to the south of the Department of Huila, Colombia.

Contributing lots were processed using traditional methods widely utilized throughout Colombia.

After the cherry was brought in from the fields, it was pulped and dry fermented for 12 to 24 hours. The coffee was then washed and put out to dry in parabolic dryers for 10 to 12 days, depending on the climate at each farm.

The sugarcane decaffeination process utilized by Descafecol is a solvent-based process, whereby caffeine is removed from the coffee beans using ethyl acetate (also known as ethyl alcohol). In Sugarcane decaffeination, the ethyl acetate is derived from a mix of acetic acid (vinegar) and a natural extract distilled from sugar cane, blackberries, beets or sometimes grapes. First the beans are steamed to open their pores, and then they are rinsed in ethyl acetate repeatedly to remove caffeine. Next the beans are dried to 10-12% humidity. Following this, the bean is sealed with natural wax that in no way affects the flavor, fragrance or aroma of the coffee.

Decaffeination is the process of removing between 97 and 99% of caffeine in green beans. There are two main methods of decaffeination: solvent-based and non-solvent based. Each of those methods is separated into two other sub-methods. Learn more about each process from our blog post.

About Colombia

Colombia is one of the biggest coffee producing countries in the world, along with Brazil, Vietnam and Indonesia. Coffee was introduced to Colombia in the early 1800s. The Colombian Coffee Federation has done a commendable job in promoting the specialty coffees of Colombia. Colombian coffee beans are rich in flavour, heavy bodied, has a bright acidity, and is intensely aromatic.

Colombia have wonderful climate which allows it to produce great coffee all year around. Due to volcanic mountains the climate in Colombia is stable.