Finding great tasting organic decaf coffee can be challenging. Quite often these are produced using poor quality coffee that isn't traceable to farm or co-operative. We've managed to find a great tasting Swiss Water Decaf process organic coffee from the members of the Sol Y Cafe co-operative in Peru. Swiss Water is a completely chemical free decaffeination method that complies with organic standards and retains as much flavour as possible.
This coffee is produced by co-operative members spread across 12 districts. Their aim is to improve the living conditions of their members through the increase in productivity, production, and profitability as well as quality and the positioning of themselves within niche markets. They support this with the provision of financial support, production of fertilizers and technical assistance. The fertilizers have taken a huge step forward with the joint cooperation of another of our suppliers from Honduras, using microorganisms to faster create organic compost the farmers need, whilst preserving the integrity of the landscape.
When the coffee is picked, it is pulped and dried on the farm and then brought to Jaén, where the headquarters are located and where there are additional drying facilities. If the coffee is above 12% on arrival, it is further dried via either small raised beds, patios or with heated drying facilities.
It is then graded and tasted, and only used if quality criteria are met at the correct moisture percentage. Once dry, coffee is stored in parchment here before being sold,when it is transported to the dry mill facilities at Norandino, in neighbouring Piura.
Coffee is then sent for decaffeination by Swiss Water.