Colombian Decaffeinated El Carmen
Decaffeinated Colombian El Carmen
Decaffeinated coffee is a revolution in its own right. We have seen a number of different processes over the years and progressively the coffee outcome has improved. This is my favourite decaffeinated coffee to date. I try to keep El Carmen here all of the way through the year when it is possible. The last few years have made the supply of this (and many other) coffees a real challenge. To get a coffee of this clarity and sweet acidity is a rarity to have as a filter roast. There just is no sign of decaffeination in the cup.
This lot we cupped blind and was amongst our favourite coffees from Colombia this season, as well as being a decaf. What is different about this one? This is made with a naturally occurring solvent found in sugar cane; ethyl acetate. The result is a clean cup without a trace of processing.
Producer group: El Carmen de Acevedo
Region: Pitalito, Huila
Altitude: 1400-2100 MASL (there’s a variation in altitude if I ever saw one)
Varietals; Castillo and Caturra.
Process: ethyl acetate decaffeination.
Intense front-end sweetness. Fresh apple acidity, white fruit sugars (think lychee), then yellow sugars (golden syrup), and soft subtle sweet citrus. The Nougat factor comes into play when you add milk and the sugars take on a toffee-like dimension.
Recipe: 60g per litre is a great place to start.
This coffee is a blend comprising of a group of small producers, who are working under a sustainability program. This system takes the risk out of the lows of the market and ensures enough is paid to the producer. Over the last 5 years, this has consistently doubled the income of the smallholder farmer families working with the project. The goal is to achieve stable and sustainable prices for community coffee lots through improved quality control, shared knowledge, and a connection to the specialty coffee market. Raw built drying bed facilities and QC infrastructure at the community central hub in the town of El Carmen.
Sourced with Raw These guys are a not for profit, social enterprise with deep roots in coffee.
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In espresso: (17g into 45g)Blackcurrant acidity, savoury note, and long lingering citrus.
In milk: (17g into 34-5g) Malty and biscuity and creamy.