This season's Swiss Water de-caf Guatemala is from the Todosantarita cooperative in Huehuetenango. The Co-op now encompasses 131 members each with an average farm size of 2.13 hectares. With around...
This season's Swiss Water de-caf Guatemala is from the Todosantarita cooperative in Huehuetenango. The Co-op now encompasses 131 members each with an average farm size of 2.13 hectares. With around around 60,000 plants grown in total, the majority are Caturra, Typica, and Bourbon with a small amount of Marsellesa.
The local indigenous Mam culture, heavily present in the community, practices tradition coffee production. Some producers use the lunar cycle to analyse the best time to prune the coffee plant. Planting of seedlings, pruning and stumping also coincide with the lunar cycle when water lies at the base of the tree to aid better for recovery and growth.
A Kinder Kinda Process!
As the name suggests the Swiss Water Process of de-caffeinating the beans is a lot kinder to the environment. All methods of de-caffeinating involve some kind of solvent. In the Swiss Water Process it is just water, no other chemicals are needed just some extra time and patience. The beans are essentially soaked in water until all the flavour compounds have leached out.
This leaves behind a pile of inert beans and some super-flavoured green bean coffee water including the caffeine. This caffeine can then be filtered out using charcoal filters. The beans are then re-introduced to the super-flavoured green bean coffee water and they absorb all those good chemical flavour compounds back on board but without the caffeine.
A Special Reward
We are roasting this decaf coffee for espresso, so it has a high solubility giving a syrupy mouthfeel and lots of sweetness, packing plenty of lovely pop-corn aroma in super-abundance long before first crack. This big delivery of aroma is reflected in the taste, which never disappoints, lashings of peanut butter on a hot buttered crumpet, toasted to perfection! But then that's what you want from a de-caf, surely? Something super-tasty to compensate, as a special reward for missing out on all that crazy caffeine!