Colombia - Pijao Quindio - Espresso (Decaf)
Great decaffeinated coffees are hard to find. So when we cup a good one, we get pretty excited. Decaf's used to be bland, watery, lack viscosity and taste like old liquorice. Not any more.
This washed Colombian coffee is a fantastic find, offering not just great body, but also a good level of complexity in the cup.
Pijao Quindio offers a lovely vanilla and milk chocolate mouthfeel with a gentle sweet citrus acidity to give it a nice level of brightness.
- Farms: Lopez Family Farms & Neighbourhood (10)
- Region: Pijao Quindio
- Varietal: Caturra, Castillo
- Process: Washed, sun and machine-dried, E.A decaffeinated
- MASL: 1600-1800
- Weight: 250g
First, the coffee is steamed to open up its pores. Next, the E.A. is applied via water, which dissolves the caffeine in the green seeds. Then, the caffeine is separated and filtered from the tank. Finally, the now-decaffeinated seeds are steamed again to remove any residual E.A. before being dried and shipped. This method avoids excessive heat or pressure, which can radically disrupt a green seed's cellular structure.