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Colombia Argelia Sugarcane DECAF

Colombia Argelia Sugarcane DECAF
Colombia Argelia Sugarcane DECAF
Colombia Argelia Sugarcane DECAF
Colombia Argelia Sugarcane DECAF
Colombia Argelia Sugarcane DECAF
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Coffee Info
Flavor profile Dark chocolate, prunes, pomelo, toffee
Origin Colombia
Region Argelia, Cauca
Producers Several small farmers
Farm Regional Argelia
Altitude 1700 - 2000 masl
Varietal Mixed (Typica, Tabi, Caturra, Castillo and Colombia)
Processing Sugarcane Decaffeination
Roasting Profile
Omni perfect balanced for espresso and filter extractions

This coffee comes from the municipality of Argelia, which is situated in the south west of the department of Cauca. Cauca is the fourth largest producer of specialty coffee in Colombia with around 90,000 smallholder farmers who produce a mix of varieties, such as Typica, Tabi, Caturra, Castillo, Colombia on holdings of approximately 1ha. In addition to producing coffee, they grow small amounts of food, including bananas, avocado and oranges for consumption or trade.

The Argelia municipality is located in an area that has been plagued by the civil unrest and illegal drug trade for many years. This is still a pertinent problem for the families living there and many of them are looking to make a living through legal channels and to support their families and communities.

In 2020, Siruma Coffee, a small specialty female led exporter, launched a project in Argelia for an initial period of 15 months until early 2022. The funding came from USAID to support five small associations incorporating about 220 families that grow coffee to make a living.

Siruma has been providing technical assistance off the ground with their agronomist holding educational sessions on pre and post-harvest techniques for the families that wish to join. The producers are also being trained in sensory analysis of the coffees and of the impact of processing on its quality. Baseline data was gathered from the producers who each produce approximately 17 bags of green exportable coffee annually.

About the sugarcane decaffeination process: The coffee first undergoes steaming at low pressures to remove the silverskins. It is then moistened with hot water to allow the beans to swell and soften. This step prepares the coffee for the hydrolysis of caffeine, which is attached to the salts of the chlorogenic acid within the coffee.

The extractors, that are naturally obtained from the fermentation of sugar cane and not from chemical synthesis, are then filled with moistened coffee, which is washed several times with the natural ethyl acetate solvent, to reduce the caffeine down to the desired levels. Once this process is finished, the coffee must be cleaned of the remaining ethyl acetate through a flow of low pressured saturated steam, before moving onto the final steps. The coffee is then sent to vacuum drying drums, where the water previously used to moisten the beans is removed and the coffee is dried to reach the level of humidity between 10-12%. Once dried to the desired level, the coffee is cooled quickly to ambient temperature using fans before the final step – the application of carnauba wax to polish and provide the coffee with protection against environmental conditions and to help provide stability.

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