||Colombia Pitalito S.C. Decaf 2018
||Varietals: Caturra, Colombia & Castillo
This is a coffee that we bought from the cupping table and sometimes that unfortunately means we don’t know a super huge amount much about the coffee itself - just that it's yum!
The growers are small-scale coffee growers all located in the municipality of Pitalito, their farms range from 1 to 15 hectares and are at altitudes ranging between 1,200 and 2,000 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.
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 this makes me think of a mug of cocoa, but with a grate of orange zest over the top - deliciously smooth and moreish!
Producers: Various smallholder farmers
Altitude: 1,200-2,000 m.a.s.l.
Varietals: Caturra, Colombia & Castillo
Processing method: Washed
Decaffeination: Descafecol plant in Colombia – uses ethyl acetate derived from a natural source – namely sugar cane
Medium to medium dark - through first and through the gap, but don't let this get into second crack.
"Quick Look" Guide
Cacao, orange rind.
Note: Cupping Scores for Acidity, Aftertaste, Balance & Overall are actually 6.5 each, not as above (software limitation, allows whole numbers only)
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