Decaf Colombia Medellín
Medellín is legitimately my favorite city in the world. The food the scene is amazing and the coffee scene is really making waves. Our producer and friend Pedro Echevarria runs a beautiful cafe called Pergamino in the heart of the city. One of the best things about the city as a coffee location though is how close the farms are to the city. With a quick 45 minute drive one can be standing in the mountains on a farm overlooking the varied elevations that make up the incredible landscape of Colombia. I try to visit Medellin 2-3 times per year. This coffee was found by Royal Coffee and shipped to be decaffeinated in Canada. We took this coffee to a light to medium roast and it works great as drip or espresso.
SWISS WATER DECAF PROCESS:
Let’s have amazing coffee without caffeine, but let’s also do this with out chemicals. This might sound obvious, but almost all decaf is actually decaffeinated with methylene chloride or ethyl acetate. The Swiss Water Process is unique! With a special patent they use water temperature and various pressures to extract 99.9% of the caffeine out of coffee naturally. This also doesn’t impart harsh flavors or medicinal defects in the coffee like other methods can. We only carry Swiss Water’s decaf coffees while still maintaining our seasonal buying practices. This means we ship our coffee to be decaffeinated or we buy coffee that has been shipped to the Swiss Water facility. Enjoy proper high quality decaf!
Try this coffee with your French press at home.
Decaf Colombia Medellín
This coffee came from the importer Royal Coffee in California. We have bought a few coffees from them in the past, and they help us move coffees that we buy directly. They have always been great to work with and Kevin, our friend there, has been insightful throughout our company's journey. We paid Royal Coffee $2.98/lb for this coffee and bought 12 70kg bags of green coffee. When buying coffee from an importer it is rare you will get an exact FOB price from the company but if we do we will post it here.
- The Coffee Commodity purchase price was $1.51/lb when we purchased these coffees.
- The Fair Trade Coffee minimum purchase price was $1.71/lb when we purchased these coffees.
* We as a company believe transparency is unbelievably important. However, we decided to only list what is shown because we don’t know where to stop. Do we list the amount of coffee lost in roasting due to moisture loss? Should we list our roaster Mark's salary? The warehouse rent? The utilities? The point of listing things above is not to justify what we charge or what we profit, but to give a realistic snapshot of the industry and how Specialty Coffee can be different than other commodity industries. If you have concerns feel free to email us and I’ll write you back when I’m available.
**Direct trade for us means we visited, viewed the operation, approved of the ethics and treatment of staff. It also means, we cupped the coffees and they scored to our standards. Then we paid what the coffee was worth, which is always at least double Fair Trade price and usually even more. We then add a premium on top of the price to go towards social projects in the area or give back some how to the community at large to help cultivate a real relationship with the producer and region. It’s not a certification. There is no governing body that decides when something is direct. Direct trade is marketing, and it means something different for all companies, it is widely abused as well as applauded. We can only say what direct trade means to us.