This coffee comes from a group of nearly 1,150 farmers in 21 communities in the Rio Sucio municipality of Caldas. Until recently, the region was heavily inhabited by the FARC, ELN, paramilitary groups and guerrillas. As local tensions ease and access has improved, there is more access to the coffees from this region than in the past.
The San Lorenzo group, who grows this coffee is part of the Cooperative de Caficultores de Alto Occidente de Caldas, which was established in 1964. Alto Occidente de Caldas enables farmers to develop their production and processing systems by allowing them to gain access to agronomical education, water treatment resources and loans for equipment. Aside from enabling farmers with tools to improve the coffee value chain, cooperatives help farmers gain access to a greater network of buyers.
The San Lorenzo indigenous group in Rio Sucio believe strongly in the Pacha Mama where they see the land as a living being. As such, they see it as their duty to protect the natural environment and aim to have as little impact on the land as possible when farming. During the harvest season, families in the community will work together with their neighbors to select ripe coffee before depulping. Once depulped, the coffee is fermented for 16-24 hours, weather depending, before it is washed and laid out to dry on patios on the roofs of houses.
Our new decaffeinated offering, 00 Colombia San Lorenzo, is a shining example of how quality sourcing combined with an innovative decaffeination process can create something extraordinary. This decaffienation is achieved by naturally fermenting sugar cane, which produces ethyl acetate. EA promotes a gentler 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 and you can expect to taste golden raisin, lemon zest and notes of dark chocolate.