Pijao is a town in QuindÃo, a department in the western central region of Colombia. Our importing partner for this coffee, Café Imports, sourced this dry processed lot prior to its decaffeination, ensuring a greater degree of quality and transparency than one usually expects for decaffeinated offerings. Once sourced, the coffee underwent what is called the â€œsugarcaneâ€ decaffeination process. In this process, popular in Colombia due to the high availability of sugarcane, ethyl acetate is formed by the fermentation of molasses combined with acetic acid. This E.A. is combined with the green coffee when the coffeeâ€™s pores have been steamed open, separating and dissolving the caffeine molecules. Once this has occurred, the caffeine is filtered out, and the coffee is steamed once more to ensure that no ethyl acetate remains, before being dried and shipped.