Great coffees can be found in several departments
throughout Colombia, but Huila has become a major
contender among them. This Decaf Pioneers Blend is
another exemplary coffee from Azahar’s pioneering
producing partners in southern Huila.
This coffee utilises a washed process prior to
decaffeination, which is solvent base, using ethyl-acetate.
It is derived from a mix of acetic acid (vinegar) and a
natural extract distilled from sugar cane, blackberries,
beets or sometimes grapes. A direct-solvent process is
used meaning that the beans are steamed to open their
pores and are then rinsed in ethyl acetate repeatedly to
remove the caffeine. Next the beans are dried but not
completely, 10-12% humidity remains, and then the open
bean is sealed with natural wax that in no way affects the
flavor, fragrance or aroma of the coffee.