Don Alfonzo CO2 DECAF Microlot
Coffee: Don Alfonso microlot
Altitude: 1200 - 1400 masl
Owner: Don Alfonz Robelo
Location: Aquiares Estate, Turrialba, Costa Rica
Roasted quite dark it is suitable for any style of preparation.
Cupping notes: heavy body, chocolate, brown sugar, raisin, maple syrup.
This special 'Don Alfonso' represents the very best of the harvest from the famous Aquiares Estate. The microlots as this one are picked by a special team of skilled harvesters who are paid above daily rate for their exceptional skill in picking the ripest cherries at each pass. Each tree is visited up to seven times during the harvest to ensure that the only the ripest cherries are picked. The skilled hands of the pickers represent the farm's most valuable asset and are looked after accordingly.
Let us give you some more information on the decaffeination process used for the specialty top coffees. It is quite fascinating.
Sparkling water (CO2) decaffeination process:
This process was discovered by Kurt Zosel at Max Planck Institute in 1988. Natural carbon dioxide ( which comes from prehistoric underground lakes) is combined with water to create 'sub-critical' conditions which creates a highly solvent substance for caffeine in the coffee. It is gentle, natural and organically certified process and good caffeine selectivity of the carbon dioxide guarantees a high retention level of other coffee components which contribute to taste and aroma.