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Pioneers Sugarcane Decaf, Colombia

Pioneers Sugarcane Decaf, Colombia

200g of needlessly good coffee.

We take our decaf seriously here and treat it with as much respect as any other coffee we source. This decaf is pretty amazing, with none of the 'decaf flavours' you might be used to. This one is super sweet, with a touch of red grape, chocolate & almond brittle.


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This coffee utilises a washed process prior to decaffeination. Ripe cherries are selectively handpicked depulped and then traditionally fermented in tanks for 20-30 hours to break down the remaining mucilage. At this point the coffee is thoroughly washed in clean water, followed by sun-drying on raised beds for 20-30 days, until the optimum moisture content has been reached.

The decaffeination process is solvent based, and the agent used for the process is ethyl-acetate (also known as ethyl-alcohol). It is derived from a mix of acetic acid (vinegar) and a natural extract distilled from sugar cane, blackberries, beets or sometimes grapes. A direct-solvent process is used, meaning that the beans are steamed to open their pores and are then rinsed in ethyl acetate repeatedly to remove the caffeine. Next the beans are dried but not completely, 10-12% humidity remains, and then the open bean is sealed with natural wax that in no way affects the flavor, fragrance or aroma of the coffee.

The town of Palestina is located in the South Huila region. The region is known for its altitude and fertile soils. This contributes to higher levels of soluble solids in the bean. Huila department is located in the South-West of Colombia, spanned by the Andes mountains. Landmarks include the San Agustin Archaeological Park and the Nevada del Huila volcano.


Transparency is at the heart of what we do, it's one of our core tenants. We don't rename our coffees out of respect for the producers who've put so much work into it already and we believe in being open about our pricing and what we pay because we believe it's important to create that connection - coffee doesn't come from a vacuum, there is a person behind it and they're just as deserving of a fair deal as anyone else.

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