Indigena del Cauca is a cooperative in the Cauca department of Colombia. The co-op was founded in 1980, and today has over two thousand members who live throughout the region. The co-op has been Fair Trade certified since 2006, and they continue to work toward farmer housing improvement, alternative crop management, and alternative energies.
This selection is decaffeinated using the ethyl acetate process, sometimes referred to by its friendlier nickname, the “sugarcane” process. This method is popular in countries that also produce significant amounts of sugarcane, as it washes coffees with ethyl acetate - an organic, naturally occurring byproduct from the fermentation of sugarcane - once their cellular structures have been expanded and exposed through steam. The “EA” naturally binds to caffeine molecules and can then be filtered out before the coffee is re-washed and dried to retain the majority of what made it otherwise delicious. We have found that coffees decaffeinated this way tend to produce cleaner, sweeter cups than we have tasted through any other process. In this one, we taste orange, caramel, and cookie dough.