Labo

In the lab

Green coffee in all its forms. We test and discuss coffee quality, research, roasting and creation.
Espresso or Filter - Which hides the most caffeine ?
Jérémie Vergne | 2019-06-26
Belco will be soon publishing a series of articles on decaffeinated coffee, explaining the different green coffee extraction processes. But first of all, Jeremie intented to answer one of the fundamental questions : what is caffeine and above all, what happens to it in the cup during extraction?
Decaffeination with E.A - Sugar Cane - Behind the doors of Descafecol plant
César MAGAÑA | 2019-06-26
Decaffeination plant report (3/4). 
We continue our field visits with Descafecol plant in Colombia. The aim of those visits is to stress the idea on which we base our research: decaffeination processes must be synonymous with good quality coffee. We have decided to arrange this tour of plant visits in the spirit of providing an enriching experience that will allow us to communicate more and better on the coffees with which Belco works as well as about the partners or players together with whom we are responsible of ensuring traceability and quality in the coffee that arrives at the roasters’.
Water decaffeination - Visit of Descamex plant in Mexico
César MAGAÑA | 2019-06-26
Decaffeination plant report (2/4). Descamex is headquartered in Cordoba, Mexico. It operates the only facility in Mexico to decaffeinate coffee using just coffee, water, time and temperature to remove the caffeine from coffee. César visited the plant this summer for an explanation of this decaffeination method. Below, he shares his experience at Descamex with you.
Interview with Erin Reed, marketing director at Swiss Water, Canada
Emmanuelle Barrera | 2019-06-26
Decaffeination plant report (4/4). We were fortunate to have Erin Reed, Marketing Manager at Swiss Water, the famous water decaffeination plant we work with. We took advantage of her visit to ask her some questions about her company.
Decaffeination with natural liquid carbon dioxide - Behind the doors of the CR3 plant
César MAGAÑA | 2019-06-26
Decaffeination plant report (1/4). 
CR3 is headquartered in Bremen, Germany. It operates the only facility in the world that uses subcritical CO2 to decaffeinate coffee. Managing Director Jan Schwital, Specialty Manager Joshua Ruiz and Head of Quality Oliver Suesse-Herrmann welcomed César this summer for a visit and explanation of this decaffeination method, unique in the profession. Here, we share their decaffeination experience and clarify certain aspects of their innovative decaffeination technology.
The Art of Cupping
César MAGAÑA | 2018-01-26

One of the duties of a coffee professional is to expose him or herself to human error and subjectivity when cupping. It is actually very common to find extreme differences between the qualifications or descriptions of a coffee depending on the situation in which the coffee is being cupped.

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