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DECAF COLOMBIA TABLON DE GOMEZ

$16.00$87.00

Citrus and Brown Sugar, Rich and Sweet

ROAST: Tablon De Gomez, Narino Department
PRODUCER: Multiple Smallholders
REGION: Tablon De Gomez, Narino Department
PROCESS: Washed, Sugarcane Process Decaffeinated
VARIETY: Caturra, Variedad Colombia, Castillo

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DECAF COLOMBIA TABLON DE GOMEZ

$16.00$87.00

Citrus and Brown Sugar, Rich and Sweet

ROAST: Tablon De Gomez, Narino Department
PRODUCER: Multiple Smallholders
REGION: Tablon De Gomez, Narino Department
PROCESS: Washed, Sugarcane Process Decaffeinated
VARIETY: Caturra, Variedad Colombia, Castillo

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COFFEE INFO

Decaffeinated coffees have a bad rap. More often than not, decaf coffees are the result of the lower-quality coffees from the harvest that is leftover and then processed to become decaffeinated. Like with everything we do at Utopian, we seek to reject these low standards and seek out Decaffeinated coffees that are truly just as delicious as their fully-caffeinated counterparts. This decaf coffee comes to us from the Tablon de Gomez region of Narino, Colombia. This region is just beginning to gain recognition for its coffee-producing capabilities. Most producers in this area are either parts of indigenous people groups, or they are producers who have recently returned to their farms after years of violence from rebel groups. This particular coffee is a selection from several producers who’s coffees taste absolutely wonderful before the decaffeination process. Using a E.A. Sugarcane method of decaffeination preserves the unique and delicious flavors of this coffee. The result is an absolutely phenomenal cup of decaf that tastes just as good as regular full-caffeine coffee. We’re really enjoying the rich flavors we get in each cup of this coffee, and we’re proud to support the smallholder producers in Tablon de Gomez who are producing excellent quality coffees.

PARTNERSHIP

With everything happening in the world today, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and totally at a loss of what to do. As the crisis gripping Colombia escalates, we feel a need to share. We’re far from expert authorities, but as roasters with an audience of fellow coffee lovers, we want to, at the very least, share how we’re engaging with the situation and encourage you to do the same.  

The current crisis in Colombia is multi-faceted and complex. The recent explosion of civil unrest, police brutality, and cries for change are not one-off incidents — they echo a long history of turmoil. Again, we aren’t experts on the many issues at play. We do, however, want to point you in the direction of some voices and platforms that are tackling the situation in-depth.

Corruption, exploitation, and violence in Colombia aren’t new and aren’t unique to Colombia — they’re endemic to most coffee-producing countries. As coffee consumers, we have a responsibility to recognize and engage with the systemic issues that lie at the roots of the ills we’re currently witnessing in Colombia. After all, coffee is the 2nd most widely traded commodity in the world and is the livelihood for millions of families who want nothing more than a fair shake at a good life. Knowing how to engage productively though, can feel impossible. It doesn’t have to be, and here’s how you can start: 

Be smart with where you buy your coffee. Ask your roaster, cafe, or grocery store about how the coffee you’re buying was purchased from farmers. Ask and explore how the roasting company is using their profits. Remember that cheap coffee is almost always exploitative coffee that cripples farmers’ ability to provide for their families, roasters’ efforts to change the industry for the better, and ultimately your opportunity to enjoy truly beautiful coffee.

On our end, we’ll continue communicating with and supporting friends in Colombia as they navigate this crisis and battle the deeper issues from which it is born. On a larger scale, we’ll continue refining our purchasing model by seeking transparency and being transparent in turn. We’ll keep learning about how we can contribute to change in our industry, doing our best to be our best, and encouraging others to do the same. Thanks for listening!