Регіон: Planadas, Tolima
Різновид: Caturra, Castillo
Nestled between the Andean mountains on the west and the Magdalena river basin, Tolima is a rather remote and hard to access area. Its geography and topography is however very favourable for the culture of coffee and the region account for 12% of the country annual production. Tolima is the third coffee producting region of Colombia. Coffee is a family business in Tolima: small farms (3 hectares on average), managed and operated within family and friends. Our Planadas Tolima is a sugarcane decaffeinated coffee. After being fully washed and dried, the caffeine is reduced through a natural process. The coffee beans first undergo steaming at low pressures to remove the silver skins. They are 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 moistened coffee is washed several times with ethyl-acetate solvent (EA). In the case of sugar-cane decaf, the ethyl acetate is naturally obtained from the fermentation of sugar cane grown in Colombia and not from chemical synthesis. Once the caffeine is reduced to the desired level, the beans are cleaned to remove the remaining EA and dried to between 10–12%.