Colombia Las Montanas EA Sugar Cane Decaf
EA decaf, or as it's commonly known, sugar cane decaf, is coffee that has been decaffeinated using the natural byproducts of sugar processing. It's environmentally friendly, leaves no residual added compounds on the coffee and most importantly, leaves a cup that's truer to it's caffeinated counterpart than any other decaf we've tried so far. This tasty Colombian blend has everything you'd expect: it's bright, creamy and well balanced with a rich body. Look for notes of milk chocolate, orange, vanilla and molasses.
Look, we get it, "Death Before Decaf" is a funny tagline for t-shirts, but you don't have to be particularly long in the tooth to understand that if you want to enjoy coffee all day, you're gonna have to get cozy with decaf. And for some folks, decaf is the only option no matter what time of day it is! These coffee enthusiasts are the truest coffee fanatics to us: they love coffee without the added benefit of an energy boost. For years now we've kept our decaf selections to Water Processed coffees, whether they be from the Canadian Swiss Water facility or the Mountain Water facility in Mexico. Compared to older decaf methods, water processed decaf is significantly more environmentally friendly and leaves behind, in our opinion, the best flavor profile post decaffeination. Well consider that opinion officially changed because there's a new competitor for that title now.
EA stands for Ethyl Acetate. It's a naturally occurring compound that's a byproduct of sugar cane processing. Sugar cane is found commonly in the wild and also grown alongside coffee by farmers, so the two go together like peanut butter and jelly. Explaining exactly how the EA decaf process works deserves it's own lengthy article (coming soon), but the big takeaway here is that it removes over 97% of the caffeine and leaves no EA on the coffee once the process is completed. What it does leave behind is potentially the truest cup profile we've tasted yet to conventional (caffeinated) coffee. Try it and let us know if you agree! This hand selected Colombian blend is rich, creamy and bright with well balanced flavors of milk chocolate, orange, vanilla & molasses.
Reminder! This coffee is raw, you must roast it before brewing
Arrival Date: November 11th, 2022. US Arrival: Fall 2022
Acidity & Brightness: Bright and fairly sweet
Balance & Finish: Well balanced with a long, pleasant finish
Body & Texture: Rich body, creamy texture
Flavors: Milk chocolate, orange, vanilla and molasses
Grade: Excelso, SHG - Strictly High Grown
Processing: Fully washed, EA (sugar cane) decaffeinated
Grower: Blend of various Colombian producers hand selected by Royal Coffee
Recommended Roast Range: City+ to Vienna (light to dark)
Start with a Full City (Medium), or in between 1st and 2nd crack. Feel free to take it darker for more emphasis on chocolate (leaning into dark chocolate), molasses and a bit more body. Lighter roasts will feature more orange zest and even a gentle floral note. This coffee roasts very evenly, but like most decafs, the roast tends to accelerate quickly, so pay close attention.
Royal Coffee - "Decaf Colombia Las Montanas EA Natural Process coffee is decaffeinated using Ethyl Acetate (EA). In this method the green beans are steamed or soaked to expand the beans for caffeine extraction. The expanded beans are then soaked in EA, a naturally occurring organic compound found in many fruits and vegetables which can be synthesized for coffee decaffeination. In the presence of EA, caffeine bonds with the compound and is drawn out of the bean. The decaffeinated coffee is then removed from the EA solvent, rinsed thoroughly, re-dried and re-bagged for transport."