Colombia El Yalcon SC Decaf

Malted milk biscuit, marzipan, dark chocolate, cherry.

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We bought this coffee from the cupping table. Sometimes that means we don’t know that much about the coffee itself, but we always do as much digging for info as possible!

El Yalcon decaf is grown along an isolated set of mountains within the central cordillera of the Andes that go through Pitalito, Acevedo, Palestina, Timaná, and Suaza. This coffee represents the work of 24 different individual producers from the municipalities of La Plata, Nataga, Paez, Pital, and Tesalia. The producers are committed to quality and excellence. Coffee is carefully hand-sorted and processed at each individual farm, with special attention paid to the drying process to ensure consistency, uniformity, and a clean cup profile.

Oh, by the way: this coffee is decaffeinated. I say this as a 'by-the-way' because it’s the least important part of this coffee's name.

It was decaffeinated in Colombia. This might not sound remarkable, but most coffee is decaffeinated in either Canada or Germany. This adds food miles to the coffee, which is not good. What decaffeination in a coffee’s producing country does is add value at the place where I’m very happy to add value; that is, around 40 KM from the warehouse where the shipments are collated.

Take a look at the blog post here for more information on how the coffee is decaffeinated. 'SC' stands for sugar cane, because the decaffeination agent ethyl acetate is naturally derived from sugar cane.

In the cup expect a malted milk biscuit (Moo Cows!!). There’s a bit of marzipan too, and it's all backed up by a silky texture. On the aftertaste I get dark chocolate and cherry. A decadent, delicious dessert of a decaf.

  • Country: Colombia
  • Department: Huila
  • Coffee: El Yalcon
  • Independent producers: 24
  • Altitude: 1,500–1,750 m.a.s.l.
  • Varietals grown: Caturra
  • Processing method: Washed in micro-mills at each farm
  • Decaffeination: Descafecol plant in Colombia: uses ethyl acetate derived from a natural source – namely sugar cane


Malted milk biscuit, marzipan, dark chocolate, cherry.

Clean cup: (1–8): 6
Sweetness: (18): 7
Acidity: (18): 6
Mouthfeel: (1–8): 6.5
Flavour: (18): 6
Aftertaste: (18): 6
Balance: (1–8): 6.5
Overall: (18): 6
Correction: (+36) :+36

Total: (max. 100): 86

Roast Information
Medium dark let it develop a little between cracks then drop just as you approach second. Beware that the visual appearance can be misleading!