This selection comes from the Mustafá Family, which owns and operates a coffee farm in Colombia’s Risaralda region. Like many other coffee farmers in Colombia, growing and producing coffee is a family business for the Mustafás. Not only do multiple family members help with the work, but it’s also shared between several generations. The Mustafá’s land is located high up in Colombia’s mountains, at 1,650 meters. While the elevation and terrain don’t make growing coffee easy, they produce highly nuanced coffees. This lot is an excellent example of how the elevation and grower’s experience create a complex brewed cup.
This coffee was fully washed, depulped with a demuciaginator, and water sorted. It fermented in water for 48 hours and then sundried on patios. After this, the coffee was put through direct solvent decaffeination in which coffee is hydrated (either via steam, immersion, or both) and then repeatedly rinsed with the liquid solvent. The coffee comes into direct contact with a sugarcane-based solvent, hence the term “direct.” On each pass, the solvent, now laden with caffeine, is distilled to remove caffeine. The process is repeated until the coffee is ready to be cleansed with water and re-dried. This is completely plant based and a less intrusive way to decaffeinate leaving more of the coffee’s natural flavors behind.
We are tasting juicy notes of clementine, green apple with a creamy sweetness of nougat and caramel. The sweetness blew us away when we first drank this coffee. We could not believe we were drinking decaf! Paired with its juicy fruit notes and dried fruit, Sugarcane Decaf has incredible balance.
Farm: Finca Mustafá
Altitude: 1650 meters
Process: Fully Washed/Sugarcane
Taste: Clementine, green apple, nougat, caramel
Aromatics: Golden Raisin, sweet citrus, hazelnut, chocolate
Recommended Brewing Methods:
- Brews beautifully with all methods
- A piece of caramel
- A handful of mixed nuts
- A friend who enjoys a quality decaf