DCF, Colombia, Guarapo, sugar decaf


 

The DCF, tasty without the caffeine

This profile is simple – roasted closely to our Dom, our mainstay coffee, designed to be versatile and familiar, but with 99.9% of the caffeine removed. 


 

The DCF right now & origin details

Guarapo – a sweet and tasty beverage found in some areas of Colombia. Made from filter sugar cane juice and lime. Also the name of this community blend from the Monkaaba group. The EA process is always preferred because it retains a lot of the inherent flavours of the coffee. The story of this coffee relates to the mission of our importing partners at Semilla, which is purchasing all the coffee from groups they work with. From Semilla, “This led to the development of an anticipation payment program for these and other growers in which they’re paid 30 – 50% percent based on their estimated production and need when the coffee is still on the tree. This advance is not associated or dependent on any cup score, and does not require them to physically deliver coffee or sign a contract saying they will do so. The benefit of this for the grower is that it relieves the pressure for them to sell these lower quality varieties on the local market so that they can receive a final price that pays 50% over going market prices upon delivery.”

cookies & cream, grapes, citrus

Origin

Colombia, Various Veredas of Ricabrisa and San Agustin, Huila

Producer / Mill / Group

Monkaaba members: Diana Quinayas, Jose Burbano, Jenaro Burbano, Jaime Burbano, Faiber Cordoba, Carlos Cordoba, Benedicto Fernandez, German Hoyos, Yuri Montanchez, Henry Muñoz, Angel Ortega, Augusto Ortega, Luis Marino Ortega, Carolina Samboni, Mayerli Trujillo, Yeison Trujillo, Yominson Trujillo.

Elevation

1680-1900m

Process

Washed and Decaf. ethyl acetate/sugarcane.

Variety

Pink Bourbon, Castillo, Caturra, Colombia, San Bernardo

Harvested

Imported by Semilla, Harvested 2023/2024 winter

Washed coffees are delivered milled to the decaffeination plant where they are first steamed to remove silver skin before being moistened to open the pores of the seeds. The seeds are then submerged in a sugarcane derived ethyl acetate solution which strips the caffeine into the solution. It is then steamed again to remove the ethyl acetate. As the coffee is still wet, it is then dried again to achieve below 12% moisture.

From our friends at Semilla, “Monkaaba is a smallholder coffee grower empowerment initiative based in San Agustin and led by Esnaider Ortega Gomez and select other growers who have worked for many years to sell their coffee as specialty. Many of them are associated loosely or directly with the Los Naranjos group and have in recent years begun to feel that they would like to develop more autonomy over the coffee production as well as involvement in its marketing and sale. Monkaaba’s goal then is to assist other growers in the area to not only find a better market for their coffee, one that pays a solid price, but also to invest in the knowledge and skill of producers in a way that ensures their future success.”

This lot contains 5+ varieties.