Colombia La Serrania SC Decaffeinated Washed 2016


Bean name Colombia La Serrania SC Decaffeinated Washed 2016
Country Colombia
Region Huila
Other info Varietals: Caturra (80%), Colombia (10%) Castillo (10%)


We bought this coffee from the cupping table. Sometimes that means we don’t know much about the coffee itself.

La Serrania is a Colombian specialty coffee produced by 20 small coffee growers based in the municipality of Pitalito in Huila.

The growers are small-scale coffee growers, whose farms range from 1 to 15 hectares and are at altitudes ranging between 1,500 and 1,750 m.a.s.l. All of them process their coffee in their small beneficios, and then dry it in covered patios until the coffee reaches the optimal moisture level. the coops total production is around 1570 bags per year (70kg)

Oh, by the way: this coffee is decaffeinated. I say this as a “by-the-way” as it’s the least important part of this coffee.

It was decaffeinated in Colombia. This might not sound remarkable, but most coffee is either decaffeinated in 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.

In the cup it's tough to tell this is a decaf – but that doesn't matter, because it's just very tasty. Expect dark chocolate with a creamy, smooth body and a lime marmalade and walnut whip creamyness.

I’m going to say it again: delicious. A decaf that’s tasty and enjoyable, and even more so than its caffeinated counterpart.

Country: Colombia
Region: Huila
Coffee: La Serrania
Producers' coop: approximately 50 small coffee growers members (this lot made from 20)
Altitude: 1,500-1,750 m.a.s.l.
Varieties: Caturra (80%), Colombia (10%) Castillo (10%)
Processing method: Washed in micro-mills at each farm
Drying method: sun-dried in greenhouses and on raised beds
Harvest: Main: October - December Fly-crop: May - July
Decaffeination: Descafecol plant in Colombia – uses ethyl acetate derived from a natural source – namely sugar cane

Roasting Information
If you hear the first pops of second crack it's time to stop. This is a medium so as not to kill the complexity.

"Quick Look" Guide
Dark chocolate, smooth, balanced, Lime marmalade, creamy, Walnut whip, great mouthfeel.

Good filter?

Good espresso?

Cupping notes

Clean cup 6/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 8/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 7/8
Balance 6/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 91

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