Decaf DAN - Colombia Huila DECAF de Cana - Grinding possible
- Big body & long aftertaste
- Fruit & caramel sweetness
- Nice spices on espresso
Producer: Various smallholder farmers
Variety: Castillo, Caturra, Colombia
Processing: Washed, ethyl acetate decaffeinated
Importer: Cafe Imports
Rob Says: Some years ago we discovered Sugar Cane decaf, a Colombian method to decaffeinate coffee beans. My mind was completely blown by the clean and full-bodied decaffeinated coffee it provided and how easy it was to conserve. Needless to say, we haven’t changed our decaf game since that fateful day.
The name ‘Decaf De Caña’ refers to the fact that these beans were custom decaffeinated in Colombia. This entails a natural process in which a solvent of ethyl acetate is utilised, a substance derived from fermented sugar.
But how does it work? Green coffee first gets soaked in a solution of E.A., which bonds to the salts of chlorogenic acid in the coffee (this allows for the removal of caffeine). Next, the coffee is removed from the solvent and steamed at low pressure to once again remove those E.A. compounds. Finally, the finished product retains its (awesome) flavor integrity but contains almost no caffeine at all. The beans contain an absolute maximum of 0.01–0.03% caffeine every single time.