La Chorrera decaf undergoes the same quality control standards as any of our coffees, and we're super proud of that. It's been a while since we've been vocal about it and have decided it needs a little hand in the way of differentiation. Today we're delighted to release a new bespoke bag for our beloved decaf, sleek and black, it won't be going unnoticed for much longer
Located in Colombia, Finca La Chorrera is run by the Claros family. Our green buyer, Steve, has been working with the owners for over 5 years, constantly providing feedback and sharing ideas in order to improve on quality. Every year Steve and Pedro, the owner, cup and evaluate each lot that the farm produces. In the past much of it didn't meet the scoring standards for speciality, but as quality has improved, so has the amount Steve has bought.
In comes the option to decaffeinate. La Chorrera is just 50 km from a SC (sugar cane) decaf plant, the only problem is that a minimum run at this plant is 4,200 kg. Steve (and 3fe) was keen to have a decaf of outstanding quality, with maximum traceability and provenance. La Chorrera reached a point last year where it was producing a good volume and the consistency was super good - enough so that they were able to build up the 4,200 kg needed for a decaffeination run.
There are various methods used to decaffeinate coffee, most involve soaking the beans in water and adding a solvent to dissolve and bond to the caffeine particles. Generally coffee is taken from origin to large plants which require huge quantities to run the process. Taking the coffee away from origin for processing removes an element of control and ultimately traceability.
The tricky part with removing caffeine is trying not to remove any of the other 1,000 chemical compounds which make coffee delicious. One of the benefits of the sugar cane process, along with most of it happening at origin, is allowing much of the chemical composition remain intact.
The solvent used to extract caffeine is a naturally occurring compound derived through the fermentation of sugar cane. This allows the caffeine by-product to then be disposed of without harming local ecosystems.
- Country: Colombia
- Department: Huila
- Nearest town: Pitalito
- Farm: Finca La Chorrera
- Producer: Claros family
- Altitude: 1,735 m.a.s.l.
- Varieties: Caturra
- Process: Washed