Decaf Ecuador Jardin del Inca Organic
We are excited to offer another coffee from Ecuador this season. This time a certified organic, decaffeinated coffee from southern Ecuador’s Zamora-Chinchipe Province, which borders Peru. The coffee was produced by the 135-member ACRIM cooperative, a group that works in collaboration with the larger umbrella organization FAPECAFES.
The farmers in the co-op own just 1.5 hectares of land on average, producing organic coffee and a diversity of other crops including: corn, cabbage, bananas, citrus, papaya, flowers, and yucca. This produce is both for personal consumption by farmers and their families and, also sold to the local market for income diversification. The farmers continue to be challenged by leaf rust, which decimated their production a few years ago, by as much as 50% on some farms. Although the easiest way to deal with leaf rust is with chemical fungicides, the farmers’ dedication to organic production means continued focus on non-chemical approaches.
Ecuador can produce extremely high-quality coffee, but it does so in very small quantities. Unfortunately, the country is better known for low quality Arabica and Robusta production to help satisfy the soluble coffee market, which is primarily for domestic consumption.
This coffee was decaffeinated using the Swiss Water Process of caffeine extraction, without the use of solvents. The coffee soaks in a ͞green coffee extract that coaxes the caffeine out of the beans. The extract then passes through activated carbon filters that remove the caffeine before being reintroduced to the beans. This process continues until the beans are 99.9% caffeine free.