We know what a difference good coffee makes in starting your day off right. Our decaf is deliciously sweet and smooth. It's often difficult to tell it's decaf!
This coffee was grown and processed by Juan Tama Indigenous Councils Association, an organization of about 600 families in Inza Cauca, Colombia. The association works to produce organic and biodiverse crops with the goal of helping its member families prosper through micro-loans and crop management assistance.
"The process for decaffeination begins with sugar cane grown just a few hours south of Descafecol, that is turned into molasses. The molasses is then fermented to create ethanol and processed with acetic acid to create the Ethyl Acetate that will be used in the extraction of the caffeine.(Ethyl acetate is used in food pretty extensively and is known for bringing a fruity flavor to; hard candy, chewing gum, ice cream, and many other products. It can also be naturally occurring in fruits (bananas, pineapple, berries, apples, and pears), is a key to the flavor of rum, and can be found in beer and wine as well. Ethyl acetate is also used in the decaffeination of not only coffee- but also tea.)
So how is this used to decaffeinate the coffee?
To start, green coffee is brought to Descafecol and put in tanks where the coffee is steamed and introduced to hot water to open up the structure of the coffee to ready it for the extraction of the caffeine. Once ready, the EA solution is introduced to the coffee and run through multiple times. During this the caffeine bonds with the ethyl acetate and is ultimately separated from the coffee, removing a minimum of 97% of the caffeine. After the extraction of caffeine the coffee is steamed once again to remove any traces of the ethyl acetate, and then sent to dryers to bring the coffee back down to near its original moisture content. Once dried the coffee has a light food grade safe wax coating applied to it that is integral to protecting the coffee and increasing shelf stability. Finally the coffee is bagged back up (in grainpro) and sent out."