We love decaf coffees, and this one slaps! We sourced a small quantity of this offering through Royal Coffee from Finca San Jeronimo Miramar near Lake Atitlan in Suchitepequez, Guatemala. We were looking for a solid offering to keep on hand for those of us who want an expressive and flavorful option without any of the caffeine to go along with it. In the cup, we taste cherry marzipan, limeade, milk chocolate, and roses.
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Orders are roasted on Wednesday and shipped on Thursday.
About Finca San Jeronimo Miramar:
From Royal Coffee:
Fourth-generation farmers Giorgio and Gina Bressani run the farm, a relatively large estate which is situated in Guatemala’s Suchitepéquez department on the literal slopes of Volcán Atitlán, one of Guatemala’s over-30 active volcanoes (Atitlán last erupted in 1853).
San Jerónimo is a multifaceted endeavor, and surprisingly, its most prominent feature is likely its active creamery, where it processes dairy products (notably cheeses) from the herd of cattle and those of neighboring farms. The cows also contribute to a healthy biosphere on the farm: in addition to coffee production, there is also an active lab (the farm produces its own composted fertilizer, for example) and a small village for farm workers including a school. A large portion of the land is native forest, and a river that cuts through the land powers the electricity for the farm itself.
About the Process:
Once the coffee finished harvesting and processing, it was exported for decaffeination. Royal exclusively decaffeinates coffee by two processes: Water and Ethyl Acetate (aka “Sugarcane”) process. This coffee was sent from Guatemala to Veracruz, where it began its next steps at Descamex, whose proprietary decaffeination method is called Mountain Water Process.
During the water process, the green coffee is pre-soaked in water to expand the beans for caffeine extraction. The hydrated green coffee is then introduced to a unique solution of concentrated coffee solubles that draw out the caffeine while minimizing the loss of flavor compounds. Once the caffeine has been removed the green coffee is re-dried and re-bagged for transport, and the extract solution is filtered of its caffeine and recycled to be used again.