Colombia La Serrania Washed Caturra SC Decaf

Buttermilk, apricot, red apple, almond.

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We bought this coffee from the cupping table. Sometimes that means we don’t know much about the coffee itself.

La Serranía 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 more than 50 producers who are committed to quality and excellence. La Serrania 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.

In the cup this reminds me of buttermilk, with little hints of apricot sweetness and red apple acidity mixed in there. On the aftertaste is a delicate almond flavour that lingers.

  • Country: Colombia
  • Department: Huila
  • Municipality: Pitalito
  • Coffee: La Serrania
  • Producers: About 20 coffee growers from the municipality of Pitalito
  • Altitude: 1,500-1,750 m.a.s.l.
  • Varietals grown: Caturra
  • Processing method: Washed in micro-mills at each farm
  • Drying method: sun-dried in greenhouses and on raised beds
  • Decaffeination: Descafecol plant in Colombia: uses ethyl acetate derived from a natural source – namely sugar cane


Buttermilk, apricot, red apple, almond.

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

Total: (max. 100): 86

Roasting 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!

"Quick Look" Guide
Buttermilk, apricot, red apple, almond.

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Colombia La Serrania Washed Caturra SC Decaf.
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