• Colombian Decaffeinated El Carmen Filter

Colombian Decaffeinated El Carmen Espresso

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Colombian Decaffeinated El Carmen Espresso

Colombian Decaffeinated El Carmen Espresso

Decaffeinated coffee is a revolution in its own right. We have seen a number of different processes over the years and progressively the coffee outcome has improved. This is my favourite decaffeinated coffee to date. I try to keep El Carmen here all of the way through the year when it is possible. The last few years have made the supply of this (and many other) coffees a real challenge. To get a coffee of this clarity and sweet acidity is a rarity to have as a filter roast. There just is no sign of decaffeination in the cup.

This lot we cupped blind and was amongst our favourite coffees from Colombia this season, as well as being a decaf. What is different about this one? This is made with a naturally occurring solvent found in sugar cane; ethyl acetate. The result is a clean cup without a trace of processing.

Producer group: El Carmen de Acevedo

Region: Pitalito, Huila

Country: Colombia

Altitude: 1400-2100 MASL (there’s a variation in altitude if I ever saw one)

Varietals; Castillo and Caturra.

Process: ethyl acetate decaffeination.

Roast:  Developed/ Traditional Espresso.

Cup Potential.

We have been trying to sweeten this in espresso as it has a really bright acidity. I have tried different grinders (with different burrs of course) and it has got to the point of nitpicking, to get the nicest delivery. More roast, at this point, is not more coffee pleasure in any sense here!


Temp 94C as a starting point.

In milk: (16-18g into 34-37g) 24-30 Seconds. So fruity! Apple and citrus in a 9oz drink! More intensity and some cocoa in the 5-6oz.

In espresso: (16-18g into 45-50g) 24-30 seconds. Intense, fresh apple and juicy currants acidity, a savoury note, and long lingering citrus.

Coffee background

This coffee is a blend comprising of a group of small producers, who are working under a sustainability program. This system takes the risk out of the lows of the market and ensures enough is paid to the producer. Over the last 5 years, this has consistently doubled the income of the smallholder farmer families working with the project. The goal is to achieve stable and sustainable prices for community coffee lots through improved quality control, shared knowledge, and a connection to the specialty coffee market. Raw built drying bed facilities and QC infrastructure at the community central hub in the town of El Carmen.

Sourced with Raw  These guys are a not for profit, social enterprise with deep roots in coffee.

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