Cupping Notes: Chocolate Frosting, Graham Cracker
Description: This decaf was selected alongside our Popayan Reserve. We chose that coffee as our Regional Plus offering, and had a portion of the coffee sent to a facility who processes Ethyl Acetate (EA) decaf coffee. Ethyl Acetate is a naturally occurring compound and solvent that derives from the fermentation of sugarcane.
When the coffee first arrives at the plant it is placed in big silos that give off a light steam. This is to open the pores of the beans to allow for easy extraction of the caffeine. It's also to remove the silver skin from the bean which can hinder the process.
The green beans are then submerged into a tank filled with water and EA to begin the Decaf process. The EA naturally bonds with the compounds of the coffee, allowing for the decaffeination to occur.
The process takes about 24 hours and removes about 98-99% of the caffeine. The extracted caffeine is sold to energy drink companies or soda companies. The silver skin from the green bean that was removed is also used and sold as a fertilizer...a darn good fertilizer, too!