Villamaria Natural Sugarcane Decaf


Papaya, caramel, passionfruit

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Origin: Colombia

Region: Caldas

Producer: Villamaria

Variety: Variedad Colombia, Castillo Naranjal

Process: Natural, Sugarcane Decaf

Elevation: 1800 masl

Villamaría's processing station, Jamaica, was chosen due to its perfect climate and altitude for the drying of naturally processed coffee. Alongside this, the large space available meant that producing high-quality naturals at scale was a possibility not available before.

Dried for 15 days, in a temperature-controlled greenhouse finished in a mechanical dryer. Sugar cane decaffeination is often termed as a natural decaf. Ethyl Acetate is an organically existing compound (C4H8O2) and by-product found most commonly in the fermentation of fruits and is present in both ripe bananas and beer for example. The plant we work with in Colombia, a short drive from Villamaria, uses water from the Navado el Ruis (a volcano between Caldas and Tolima) and natural ethyl acetate from fermented sugarcane sourced in the southern region of Palmira, Colombia.

This process begins with steaming of the coffee, increasing its porosity, beginning the hydrolysis of caffeine, which is usually bonded to salts and chlorogenic acid in the bean. The beans are then submerged in an ethyl acetate solvent until 97% of the caffeine is removed. Finally, steam is then used to lift residual traces of the compound. The ultimate residue which remains is ≥ 30 ppm, which is a level dramatically less than that of a banana!


Price paid by us: £9.25/kg

FOB price: US$5.22/kg*

Farmgate price: US$4.07/kg*

Fairtrade price: US$1.40/lb

Commodity price: US$1.29/lb at date of purchase

Qty ordered: 35kg

*Price data from Raw Material averages for coffee sourced from Colombia, doesn't reflect this coffee alone.

**Prices and units are shown in original units presented to us. For more information check out our transparency page.