Decaffeinated Colombian Risaralda Espresso
Decaffeinated Colombian Risaralda EA Espresso Roast
Before El Carmen and the Red Associations at Raw, decaf was almost a bi-product of fresh coffee. Today, when we have the luxury of a top coffee like this, it is easy to forget how fast things have changed. In the current climate, I just try and buy as much Raw Material decaf as I can, but the word has got out and demand often outstrips supply today. Me and my big mouth?
Since we first had Risaralda decaf, things have changed quite a bit. Today we can buy enough decaf, which is a huge relief. The quality is better than I ever remember it and due to market forces (AKA cost), demand has eased a little.
Decaffeinated Colombian Risaralda
Producer groups: Santuario, El Aguila, and Entreverdes
Altitude: 1400-2100 MASL (there’s a variation in altitude if I ever saw one)
Varietals; Castillo and Colombia.
Roast: Medium Filter
Aromatics: Touch fruity, touch savoury | Body: Light |Acidity: Complex and sweet|
When you grind this coffee, there is a whiff of decaffeination, but it stops there. Gets me every time! Do you know that moment when your expectations are exceeded? For me, this was it! Fruit explosion! Wow! When hot, this is complex, juicy, and a little bright. On cooling, it just improves. I am going to be conservative here, as our coffee life is a little charmed as we have ideal water and many toys. This is bright, ripe, sweet, and jammy with a passive background of white winey acidity and a satisfying lingering finish.
Recipe: 60g per litre works nicely in batch and 65g per litre in cafetiere/ bowl etc.
Roast: Espresso Decaf is used by a number of our customers across a wide range of environments. When we roast it we have to try and please as many of you as we can. You could try the filter roast and extract it longer if you choose to. For me, this roast comes alive extracted in the late 20 seconds and beyond.
Aromatics: Juicy | Body: Creamy|Acidity: Bright and balanced|
Brew Temp: 94.4C
Starting recipe: 17g into 35g in 23-27 seconds for milk-based drinks
Espresso: 17g into 40-50g.
We found that this is stunning and fruity in 9oz milk-based drinks, way more than we were expecting. In a 6oz flat-white, this is bright, juicy, and really punchy, not in a roasty sense. In espresso, this is bright on the opening, with a little savory dip, followed by a real jammy, juicy acidity. The espresso is possibly the only place that you would detect the slightest hint of decaffeination.
This coffee is a blend comprised 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.
Let us know how you get on.