Decaf, Colombia, Risaralda
250g bag

£8 per bag

Tasting notes: Candied orange, nougat and praline.
Region: El Carmen
Altitude: 1500-1800 MASL
Variety: Castillo, Colombia, Caturra
Process: Washed sugarcane Decaf
Importer: Raw Material

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The caffeine is removed from this coffee using the natural sugarcane decaffeination process. The coffee beans are submerged in Ethyl Acetate, a natural by-product from fermented sugarcane, removing 97 per cent of caffeine. A final steaming ensures that any residual traces of the compound are also removed, meaning that the ultimate residue is significantly less than in a banana!  

Tigermoth sources this coffee through Raw Material, a social enterprise that gives 100 per cent of profits back to producers through payments for coffee and investments in local communities. Years of low coffee prices and climate change had left growers in Colombia increasingly powerless. They’d lost control of the drying process because longer rainy seasons made traditional drying impractical. And the low prices they were getting for washed wet beans meant they couldn’t invest in drying infrastructure. Raw Material’s Red Associations project is building the modern drying stations needed by the farmers to taken back control of valuable parts of the production process.

Raw Material buys coffee at a sustainable and stable price. Over the past five years, these changes have increased the household income of a typical coffee producing family in El Carmen by on average two and a half times, compared with the average income in the regular market. And in the past year the results have been the best yet. in 2019, across all of Raw Material’s projects in Colombia, coffee producers received on average more than five times as much profit by selling through Raw Material than they would have done through traditional channels.