New Decaffeinated Coffee from Uganda
28th November 2023
Are you looking for a delightful decaf coffee to excite your taste buds? This light and fruity brew is the answer to your prayers.
Buttery biscuit topped with dark chocolate, walnut, and a cheeky chunk of toffee. Sounds unbelievable, right? With it tasting this good AND being decaf, this top-notch roast deserves a gold star.
How can coffee taste this good and be decaffeinated? Well, as always, our single-origin speciality coffee is freshly roasted by hand to obtain the best flavour notes. Our beans are always decaffeinated by natural processes (none of this nasty chemical nonsense), ensuring they taste just as fantastic as a regular cup of coffee. You won’t get a weak, bitter taste from this brew!
Historically, decaf coffee did not have the same amazing flavours you would get from a traditional mug of caffeinated coffee. They had a diluted and sour taste, which has led to decaffeinated drinks developing a terrible reputation. This was mainly due to the processing methods for decaffeinating the coffee beans. Manufacturers relied on chemical solvents (yuck) to remove the caffeine, ultimately giving these undesirable flavours. However, it’s not all doom, gloom and bad-tasting coffee! Natural decaffeination methods have swooped in to save the day, wahoo! They preserve the uber-beautiful coffee flavours, ensuring everyone can sip happily with an awesome cup of coffee, regardless of the caffeine content.
How was decaf coffee invented?
Let’s dive right into the fascinating history of decaf coffee and how it has developed in the last century (yes, it really has been around for that long!)
Decaf coffee was born in the mind of coffee merchant Ludwig Roselius, who created the first commercially available decaf coffee in Germany in 1906. Roselius made it his mission to create a decaf coffee as he believed that too much caffeine had caused his father’s death. His first successful method was by accident when a shipment of coffee beans became flooded with seawater. Rather than waste these beans, he decided to brew them as an experiment. Here, he discovered that the salty water had removed most of the caffeine from the beans- even if it did result in a salty-tasting brew, this was a massive revelation. It ultimately led to Roselius testing a steam method to extract the caffeine. Essentially, steaming the beans in salt water opens their pores. When paired with repeatedly rinsing the beans with a chemical, you remove the residues of the caffeine. Even though this was successful, it didn’t come close to the standards of caffeinated coffee, with a weaker taste and bitterness due to the chemical wash.
In recent years, the decaffeination process has grown in leaps and bounds. As more people choose to drink decaf beverages such as tea and coffee, more methods are being developed to ensure you still get a fantastic taste without caffeine. One of the most notable developments is the creation of natural processes such as the Swiss Water, Sugarcane and Sparkling Water methods. Say goodbye to nasty chemical-based practices that harm the environment and produce a bland brew. Choose a natural processed decaf coffee to ensure a fantastic cup of joe!
In this new incredible roast, The Daydream Continues, we give you a decaf that tastes as good as regular coffee. Within hours of being picked, a team of nearly 160 local women and men carry the perfectly ripe cherries to a washing station. After pulping, the beans undergo a unique fermentation method involving a pre-wash and a long soak in cold mountain spring water, followed by a gentle forty-hour fermentation and final wash.
The beans are dried before decaffeinating using the sparkling water method, one of the two high-quality decaffeination methods. Moistened coffee beans are washed in a natural carbon dioxide solution. The moisture causes the beans to expand and gives the caffeine molecules space to move. As the molecules mix with the solution, they wriggle out of the bean and into the sparkling water. Pretty neat, right? This method is organic and chemical-free and leaves natural, recyclable by-products behind. We loveeee this process as it preserves all the beautiful, original flavours in the coffee bean.
Still don’t believe that decaf coffee can compete with caffeinated? We guarantee The Daydream Continues is the brew to change your mind!
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