DECAF, AMACA Association, Colombia, Washed/Sugarcane EA
MELLOW HAZELNUT CARAMEL PRALINE / ORANGE ZEST / STRAIGHT EDGE
Cooperative: Amaca Association
Region: El Tambo, Cauca
Variety: Castillo / Caturra / Colombia
Decaf : Sugarcane EA Process
The long-awaited decaf has arrived, and she's a beauty! Tasting like no other decaf you'll have ever tried, this sugarcane processed decaf is all soft and mellow, with hazelnut and almond notes balanced out by big orange and caramel vibes- decaf and delicious!
The Sugarcane process uses ethyl acetate that has been naturally derived from locally grown sugarcane, which grows in abundance in Colombia. Unlike most other processes, The Sugarcane method has the ability to retain the exceptional flavour of the coffee bean. First, the coffee is sorted and steamed for 30 minutes under low pressure in order to open the coffee seeds’ pores and prepare them for decaffeination. The coffee is placed in a solution of both water and ethyl acetate, where the E.A. will begin to bond with the salts of chlorogenic acids inside the seeds. The tank will be drained and re-filled over the course of eight hours until the caffeine is no longer detected. The seeds are steamed once more to remove the ethyl acetate traces. The coffee is then dried and polished for export.
We love this method because it’s a lot more gentle to the beans than other methods, resulting in a smooth, sweet and delicious cup that works particularly well with milk.
About the incredible Amaca Association...
The AMACA (Asociacion de Mujeres Productoras Agropecuarias del Cauca) is a group of all-women producers located in El Tambo, Cauca, Colombia that was formed in 1999 by 80 women from El Tambo,
in Colombia’s Cauca department.
Now AMACA is 140 smallholder members STRONG with all women farm owners and heads of household.
All of the members support their families via the cultivation and production of coffee. In 2008, AMACA partnered with the Ministry of Agriculture, the governor of Cauca, and the municipality of El Tambo to increase the production and quality of coffee on 80 members’ farms.
A premium is paid to AMACA above the value of the coffee itself to support their goals and aspirations as a group. Their mantra is simple: to improve the quality of life for their members and their members’ families. These premiums can help them to accomplish these goals and in turn, support this passionate and strong-willed group of women in their love for and livelihood of quality coffee. BRING IT LADIES!