Decaf Ethiopia Alemu Tukule Natural Organic
Blackcurrant, Cinnamon, Vanilla
Decaf Ethiopia Alemu Tukule Natural Organic $23.00
Producer: Alemu Tukule
Gedeo Zone, Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia
Delicate, balanced, and sweet with flavors of blackcurrant, cinnamon, and vanilla.
Berries, Spicy, Floral
Local heirloom varieties
Prior to a few years ago most of the coffee exported from Ethiopia flowed through the government-run Ethiopian Commodities Exchange, an entity that was established in 2008 to ensure the development of an efficient trading system and to protect the rights of those involved. While the system has some advantages, such as providing market access to smallholder producers, one of its glaring weaknesses is traceability. Historically, Ethiopian laws have restricted who can export coffee and farmers were often left with no choice but to sell their coffee to the Exchange. Many coffees would then get mixed to create large regional blends and individual lots would lose their provenance. Easing of these restrictive regulations over the past several years has resulted in many privately owned washing stations obtaining their own exporting licenses and prioritizing lot separation and traceability with the intention of improving quality and increasing the price they receive for their coffees.
This decaffeinated coffee is one such traceable lot produced by Alemu Tukule, whose farm is located in Yirgacheffe, one of Ethiopia’s premier growing regions. The coffee was processed using the natural, or dry method, where the coffee cherry is left to dry whole on the beans after harvesting. This results in a distinctly fruity flavor profile that was retained through the decaffeination process. Alemu is a member of the Worka Cooperative, a group that was established in 2005 to represent the growers of the Gedeb community. Shortly after being established, the group joined the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU), which consists of 28 smaller cooperatives located throughout the Yirgacheffe region.
This coffee was decaffeinated using the Swiss Water Process of caffeine extraction, without the use of chemical solvents. The coffee soaks in a ͞water saturated green coffee extract that contains soluble coffee components just under equilibrium with that of the coffee beans, so soluble coffee components such as caffeine, only flow out of the beans and into the extract. The caffeine laden extract then passes through activated carbon filters that catch the caffeine molecules and the process is repeated until the beans are 99.9% caffeine free.