||Colombia La Serrania (El Yalcon) Sugar Cane Decaf 2019
||Varietals grown: Caturra
We bought this coffee from the cupping table. Sometimes that means we don’t actually know all that much about the coffee itself but we always do all the digging we can!
La Serranía Decaf is grown along an isolated set of mountains within the central cordillera of the Andes that go through Pitalito, Acevedo, Palestina, Timaná, and Suaza. This coffee represents the work of more than 50 producers who are committed to quality and excellence. La Serrania is carefully hand-sorted and processed at each individual farm, with special attention paid to the drying process to ensure consistency, uniformity, and a clean cup profile.
Oh, by the way: this coffee is decaffeinated. I say this as a 'by-the-way' because it’s the least important part of this coffee's name.
It was decaffeinated in Colombia. This might not sound remarkable, but most coffee is decaffeinated in either Canada or Germany. This adds food miles to the coffee, which is not good. What decaffeination in a coffee’s producing country does is add value at the place where I’m very happy to add value; that is, around 40 KM from the warehouse where the shipments are collated.
Take a look at the blog post here for more information on how the coffee is decaffeinated.
What hits me first is just how sweet this coffee is. It’s like a Lotus biscuit (a type of speculoos) mashed into a brown banana. On the finish is a lime zest which gives it a crispness and pulls you back for more.
Coffee: La Serrania
Producers: About 20 coffee growers from the municipality of Pitalito
Altitude: 1,500-1,750 m.a.s.l.
Varietals grown: Caturra
Processing method: Washed in micro-mills at each farm
Drying method: sun-dried in greenhouses and on raised beds
Decaffeination: Descafecol plant in Colombia: uses ethyl acetate derived from a natural source – namely sugar cane
Speculoos, brown banana, lime zest
Clean cup: (1–8): 6.5
Sweetness: (1–8): 7
Acidity: (1–8): 6
Mouthfeel: (1–8): 6
Flavour: (1–8): 6.5
Aftertaste: (1–8): 6
Balance: (1–8): 6.5
Overall: (1–8): 6
Correction: (+36) :+36
Total: (max. 100): 86.5
Medium-dark - let it develop a little between cracks then drop just as you approach second. Beware that the visual appearance can be misleading!
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