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Peru FTO CO2 Decaf

It has been quite a while since we have stocked a CO-2 decaf, but I was impressed with this Peru lot, a Fair Trade and Organic coffee. Nice brightness in the lighter roasts and very clean cup flavors. Noteworthy is the absence of fruity scents found in Ethyl Acetate decaf coffees. The wet aroma follows the same trend, only a bit more pungent and aggressive at FC to FC+ roast level. I find the lighter roast cups to have a very clean, clear cup. City+ to Full City+.
Out of stock
84.5
  • Process Method No
  • Farm Gate No
Region South America
Grade SHG
Appearance .4 d/300gr, 18 Screen
Roast Recommendations City+ to Full City. I prefer the lighter roasts myself.
Weight 1 LB
It has been quite a while since we have stocked a CO-2 decaf, an interesting method to remove caffeine from coffee that has not always been my favorite in terms of cup quality. But I was impressed with this Peru lot, a Fair Trade and Organic coffee that, unfortunately, I don't know the coop it originates from, or even the region! It was bought from the decaf plant, not what we usually do with decafs since we send our own lots mostly these days. Anyway, the cup was good and the main story here is the Carbon Dioxide process decaf method (sometimes called the sparkling water method). Here is how it works: Coffee is mixed with water, and the beans expand in size, their pores get opened and the caffeine molecules become mobile. At this point carbon dioxide is added at 100 atmospheres pressure to the pure water. Basically the water and the carbon dioxide are mixed to create the sparkling water. The carbon dioxide acts like a magnet and attracts all the caffeine molecules that became movable. When the caffeine is captured by the carbon dioxide, this is removed. The carbon dioxide is very selective and it doesn't touch the carbohydrates and proteins of the coffee beans, which would damage quality. When the carbon dioxide has finished removing the caffeine, the coffee seeds are dried naturally. Carbon dioxide is then recycled and caffeine is sold for other commercial uses. I was impressed with the brightness in the lighter roasts of this coffee, and it's very clean cup flavors. The dry fragrance has soft caramel notes in the lighter roasts (City to City+), and a cocoa bittersweet at the darker levels. Noteworthy is the absence of fruity scents found in Ethyl Acetate decaf coffees. The wet aroma follows the same trend, only a bit more pungent and aggressive at FC to FC+_ roast level. I find the lighter roast cups to have a very clean, clear cup