Region: Planadas, Tolima
Producer: Collection of smallholders
Altitude: 1550 – 1900 m.a.s.l.
Soil: Volcanic ash
Varietal: Caturra, Colombia & Castillo
Processing: Washed and milled in Bogota, decaffeinated by DESCAFECOL using sugar cane ethyl acetate.
Rainfall: 1500-2200mm annually
In the cup: Dried apricot, banana, orange, panela, sweet plantain and sugarcane
This coffee comes from smallholders from the Planadas and Canon de las Hermosas regions. Coffees from selected growers are cupped and analyzed individually in order to only use the best lots for this blend (coffees 85+).
Afterwards these coffees are blended, milled in Bogota and transported to DESCAFECOL where caffeine is removed from the coffee using the sugarcane ethyl acetate. This decaffeination process enhances sweetness while maintaining the integrity of the flavor.
The decaffeination, coffee starts when green beans are put in separate chambers then these go through a funnel to start the pre-treatment stage. Later it enters to the steam chamber where the silver skin is removed from the bean.
After this, the beans are submerged in spring water and as soon the coffee is saturated with water it is sent to the extractors where the beans have direct contact with sugar cane ethyl acetate for 8 hours which removes the caffeine content. Then the decaffeinated coffee is dried in a chamber to reach the same moisture content that it had prior to the process.