Decaf coffees have a tendency to be hit or miss with many of them losing their inherent flavours due to the decaffeination process. However, every now and then you come across one that bucks the trend that is brimming with flavour.
Our latest decaf offering comes from the small town of Monte Bonito in Colombia, home to less than a thousand residents. Of which 89 coffee associates grow speciality coffee on small plots of 1-3 hectares 1700 metres above sea level. This enables the coffee growers to have a higher level of control over the harvests with the aim to maximise quality.
We mix it up this time with a Sugarcane processed coffee, which is the special process used to decaffeinate this particular coffee.
First the coffee beans undergo steaming at low pressure to detach the outer shells of the cherries, before being soaked in hot water to swell and soften the beans. This prepares the coffee for hydrolysis of caffeine, which is attached to the salts of the chlorogenic acid within the coffee.
Fermented sugarcane is used to create a natural ethyl acetate solvent, which has special properties that remove caffeine within the coffee. This natural solvent is applied and washed away repeatedly to reduce the caffeine down to minimal levels. Once completed, the sugar cane concoction is washed away using low pressurised steam.
From here the coffee is vacuum dried to reduce moisture content and cooled to ambient temperature. The coffees beans are then coated in carnauba wax that stabilises the beans. This provides an extra level of environmental protection ready for transport and your consuming pleasure.
For more on our thoughts of Decaf check out our blog post here.
Can you taste it?
Although washed and decaffeinated in process the coffee retains a balanced blend of flavour. Expect tasting notes of peach and orange with a milk chocolatey finish.
This decaf boasts has fairly classical tasting notes, which means it can be pretty versatile in the cup. It can be drunk as either pour over filter or as long black for espresso based drinks. That being said it works just as well with or without milk. All with the added benefit of minimal caffeine.
We recommend consuming this coffee between weeks 2 to 4 after its roast date, but of course, try it before or after too.