- Decaffeination process: Supercritical CO2
- Origin: Guatemala
- Region: New Oriente
- Town: Aldea Urrlalta
- Farm: Lomas Altas
- Farmer: Raul Sanchez Agustino
- Crop: 2021
- Altitude: 1800m
- Variety: Caturra, Pache
- Processing: Fully Washed
A note from our supplier, Primavera:
Raul Sanchez of Finca Loma Alta is a leader in the coffee community of Jalapa, and this outstanding farm produces some of the best coffees we’ve had from that region. Because water can be scarce in Jalapa, Raul’s coffee is delivered to us as cherry the same day that it is picked. These lots are remarkably uniform, a sign of careful picking! Our team processes them in Fraijanes and prepares them for export.
Raul also works with the Del Paraiso producer organization in Jalapa, which works to strengthen the local community by finding specialty partners such as Primavera and helping producers access those buyers. He’s committed to raising the acclaim of Jalapa’s specialty coffee producers to benefit the entire community. Raul has set a goal for himself to continue to improve the quality of his coffee year after year.
Decaffeination processes using carbon dioxide (CO2) differ in their details. All take advantage of the fact that carbon dioxide, when compressed, behaves partly like a gas and partly like a liquid, and has the property of combining selectively with caffeine. In the most widely used CO2 process the steamed beans are bathed in the compressed carbon dioxide and the caffeine is removed from the carbon dioxide through charcoal filtering, just as it is in the water- only process. However, the flavor components remain in the bean throughout the process, rather than being soaked out and then put back in again, as they are in both the Swiss Water and the indirect solvent processes.
Since carbon dioxide is the same ubiquitous and undisputably “natural” substance that plants absorb and humans produce, and since, in most versions of the CO2 method, the flavor components remain safely in the bean throughout the process rather than being removed and put back in again as they are in the Swiss Water process, carbon dioxide methods would seem to be the decaffeinating wave of the future.
Our coffee comes in craft paper bags which contain a plastic liner on the inside to guarantee freshness of our coffee. Please dispose properly at your local plastic trash container. The Village Coffee is roasted fresh every week, and best consumed within four weeks after roast date. Store your coffee in a dry, dark and cool place, avoid the fridge.