Colombia Supremo Swiss Water Decaf
About Colombia Supremo Swiss Water Decaf
Unlike many decafs including most water decafs, this lot is Colombia Supremo screen 18, the highest grade of Colombia coffee and the largest bean size produced. These beans when roasted have a superior appearance for decaf. They roast and cup much like their non-decaffeinated Supremo counterpart. It is astonishing how much depth this coffee has for having been through a decaffeination process.
The Swiss Water Decaf plant located in Vancouver, British Columbia uses a chemical free, pure water process to remove caffeine while minimizing the impact on the coffee's native flavors. In the decaffeination process, the green coffee beans are immersed in water in order to extract the caffeine. The water contains the soluble components of the coffee beans which hold the elements of the individual coffee's flavor, so that during the extraction of the caffeine the beans maintain their original taste components. The resulting coffee is 99.9 caffeine free. Once decaffeination is finished the beans are dried and packed. We are finding the coffee decaffeinated in this ultra modern Canadian plant to be the purest and cleanest we have found most recently. In addition, the process can be performed on relatively small lots of coffee - this means top quality coffees, rather than volume coffees - can be decaffeinated. Top coffees decaffeinated this way are a real break-through. Top coffees decaffeinated this way are a real break-through.
Roast this coffee to Full City or FC+ to obtain a complete taste profile but you can also go darker if your tastes run that direction.
Cupping Charcteristics: This coffee does not cup like a decaf! It is clean and bright, with full, lingering body. It possesses honey-like sweetness and pleasingly tart elements. It is full of complex flavor notes not usually found in decaffeinated coffees. Honey-like sweetness and pleasingly tart elements.
Colombia coffee facts:
Main crop seasons vary depending on location. For many the main crop is Sept - December. Some regions have a mid crop as well.
Population: 43.6 Million people
Domestic Consumption: 1.8 Million Bags of 70 Kg. (154 lb.)
Coffee Export: 12.5 Million Bags of 70 Kg. (154 lb.)
Cultivated Area: 1.1 Million Hectares (2.7 Million Acres)
Harvest: Main Crop: October to January (60%)
Fly Crop: April to June (40%)
Note: In Narino, due to its geography, Main and Fly crop seasons are reversed.
Arabica Introduced: From the Carribean through Venezuela
Supremo basis of a 17 screen size
Excelso basis of a 16/17 screen size
Bourbon, Typica, Caturra, Maragogype, Variety Colombia (hybrid of Timor and Caturra)
Colombia is the second largest exporter of Arabica coffee in the world. All coffee grown is Arabica species, and mostly all is grown at high elevation and wet processed. Supremo is the country's highest grade though the highest elevation coffee can be smaller and thus not able to make the size grade although more concentrated. Colombia coffee has a well-earned reputation as having fine body, pleasant acidity and clean flavor. Each region brings a little something different to the final product.