Passiflora Decaf, Colombia
Roast Level: Light/Medium
Process: Washed, Sugarcane (E.A.) Decaffeinated
Varietal: Caturra, Colombia, Castillo
Roaster's Notes: This coffee has been decaffeinated using the sugarcane process and has a very full plummy body with sherry sweetness and a spiciness akin to star anise
Producer: Various Smallholders
Region: Planadas, Tolima
Altitude: 1500–2000 metres
These Caturra, Colombia & Castillo coffee beans have been selected from various smallholder farmers in the Tolima region of Colombia via Cedro Alto.
Sugarcane ethyl acetate (E.A.) processing, commonly referred to as natural decaffeination, starts with a gentle decaffeination process with water steam and ethyl acetate (a natural side product from the sugar and wine fermentation) – to leave the high quality beans with a full flavour profile.
With the help of AGPROCEM initiative in Tolima, smallholders are able to focus on cup quality, lot separation capabilities and environmental conservation, many of the members being organic or fair-trade certified. Cedro Alto partners with AGPROCEM to segregate lots by profile and channel them to their ideal roasters and give farmers the best price possible, either as single farm microlots or as bespoke regional lots. Cedro Alto are at the forefront of championing indigenous Colombian coffee farmers rights in the specialty coffee market by providing both roasters, and perhaps more importantly the smallholders themselves, full traceability of their coffees on the global market.