This is a beautiful smooth and sweet decaf from the mountainous Chiapas region in the southern reaches of Mexico. This coffee is decaffeinated using the Mountain Water Process, which is 100% natural and retains the flavour of the beans.
Farm: Grupo de Agricultores Positivos S.P.R. de R.L. (GRAPOS)
Varietals: Típica, Marsellesa, Bourbon
Processing: Fully washed & sun dried, then decaffeinated using the mountain water process
Altitude: 700 to 1,600 metres above sea level
Owners: 2,708 smallholder producers
Towns: El Porvenir and Llano Grande
This is a beautiful smooth and sweet decaf from the mountainous Chiapas region in the southern reaches of Mexico. Here, the soil and climate are ideal for quality coffee production. We’re enjoying the sweet red apple flavour and lingering notes of chocolate and raisin. This coffee is decaffeinated using the Mountain Water Process, which is 100% natural and retains the flavour of the beans.
Chiapas is one of the five Mayan States in Mexico. Throughout the Chiapas region, and specifically in the El Porvenir and Llano Grande municipalities, there are collections of smallholder producers growing coffee in the rich upper reaches of the mountains. The GRAPOS organization was set up in 2007 to enable these producers to enter the speciality market through technical assistance, free seedlings and other educational programmes. Today the group is comprised of nearly 3,000 producers, a third of whom are women.
The producers live in remote farms, making communication and travel quite difficult – so GRAPOS provides the necessary assistance to the producers, making it easier to deliver and sell cherries. There are 8 collection centres throughout the area.
After the producers pick and deliver the coffee cherries, they are sorted for quality and pulped to remove the exterior skin. Once clean, the coffee is then fermented for 24 hours to breakdown the external mucilage. After fermentation is complete, the beans are washed and spread evenly on cement patios to dry in the open sun until the ideal moisture content is reached.
The coffee is then decaffeinated using the Mountain Water Process.
Roaster's Notes GRAPOS MW Decaf
Decaf isn't a dirty word! You'd be surprised the number of people who are sheepish about asking for decaf. We're not here to judge - just to make sure you love every sip of your coffee, whether it's caffeinated or not. This one is absolutely delicious and is always fun to roast, as it comes to first crack quickly and noisily - definitely nothing to be embarrassed about!
About Mountain Water Process
Green beans are steeped in hot glacial run-off water, to extract 99.9% of the caffeine. This removes the desirable compounds that give the coffee its flavour and aroma too but, because caffeine molecules are bigger than the other compounds, they can be filtered out, leaving a solution of flavour and aroma compounds. Because this solution is already saturated with the desirable compounds we want to keep, it can be used to remove the caffeine from subsequent subsequent batches without affecting flavour or aroma.