As the specialty coffee market continues to evolve, more attention has been placed on high-quality decaffeinated coffee, which for decades was an afterthought in globally traded commodity markets.
Our new decaffeinated offering, 00 Colombia San Jose de Isnos, is a shining example of how quality sourcing combined with innovative decaffeination processes can create something extraordinary. Decaf coffee now has a place at the table.
Like all agricultural products, top shelf decaf starts with top shelf agriculture. Our 00 is grown by multiple producers in the municipality of San Jose de Isnos, on the eastern slope of the Central Cordillera in south Huila, Colombia. This area offers the perfect combination of elements for quality coffee: high elevations, an abundance of water, and a good climate. These are maximized by the focused farming culture and refined processing methods that have made Huila famous. Coffee from this region is a perfect start, but to produce the best decaf imaginable, the decaffeination process needs to be just as dynamic.
Here’s how decaffeination typically works: Unroasted, green coffee is soaked for extended periods of time in water. Besides removing caffeine, this process also aggressively strips away solubles and key flavor elements, like sugars and acids, from the coffee into the water.
From this extracted water solution, caffeine is removed, and the remaining solution is returned to the green coffee via reverse osmosis. This extraction and re-saturation process is particularly harsh, often ruining a coffee and eliminating their natural flavor profiles.
In the case of our 00 Colombia San Jose de Isnos, decaffeination is achieved via naturally fermenting sugar cane. This fermentation naturally produces ethyl acetate, which promotes a more gentle extraction of caffeine and reintegration of coffee solubles, ensuring that more inherent coffee qualities remain.
Instead of completely stripping the coffee, this clever application of cane sugar fermentation preserves balanced flavors of toasted almond, banana, and graham cracker, with a rich, creamy mouthfeel and clean finish, altogether presenting a decadent decaffeinated coffee with all of the essence, barely any of the caffeine, and a perfect coffee for any application.