Taste Notes: Caramalised biscuit & honey roasted peanuts. Medium body.
These single origin decaf coffee beans are grown and decaffeinated in Colombia using the Colombian mountain water decaf method. The varietals are Caturra & Typica.
This is a wet processed coffee, and is Excelso graded, which is a grade given to Colombian coffee beans that have been hand sorted to remove defective beans and foreign objects such as dirt or stones.
If you're of the opinion that decaffeinated coffee doesn't taste great, just try these single origin Colombian decaf coffee beans, and you may change your mind!
More about Colombian Coffee.
Colombia has three mountain ranges, known locally as cordilleras, where most Colombian coffee beans are grown. The mountainous terrain, climate, soil condition and rainfall within these cordilleras are what makes Colombian coffee beans taste so good.
Colombia is the third largest coffee producer in the world according to World Atlas, and is the number one producer of washed Arabica.
Coffee beans were first exported from Colombia as early as the mid 1830s, starting off with a modest 2,500 bags being delivered into the US. Colombian coffee quickly became popular, due to its rich & deep flavour, and within just a few decades, this number had grown to approaching two hundred thousand bags per year being exported to the US and Europe.
At its peak Colombia was producing around seventeen million 60Kg bags of coffee beans per year, although this figure has reduced considerably since the mid 90s, partly due to unreliable weather conditions. Coffee production was on the up from 2018 ro 2019, and was predicted to be up to around 14.3 million bags for 2019/2020, however it's likely that these figures will not be realized, for obvious reasons...
There are over half a million coffee farms in Colombia, in the key coffee growing areas of Antioquia, Boyacá, Caldas, Cauca, Cesar, Cundinamarca, Guajira, Huila, Madgalena, Meta, Nariño, Quindio, Risaralda, Santander & Norte de Santander, Tolima, Valle del Cauca. However, these numbers in decline, mainly because of the changing climate making it much more difficult for Colombian coffee farmers due to reduced prices and unpredictable harvests.
This is a nice decaf, good flavour but with an earthy hint. Long taste not as good as our preferred decaf.
Over the years I've tried decaff beans but have always been disappointed. After reading reviews I thought I would give this a go. I'm glad I did. This was lovely and full of flavour. I couldn't get a decent crema despite trying to play around with the grind and brew times but this did not diminish the overall taste. Ordered again!
I actually bought this just for the taste description and was so hasty I didn't spot it was decaf!
This was much darker than anything I'd used to make coffee so far and seemed to need a really fine grind setting to get the 2:1 ratio for an espresso.
The taste is delicious but VERY rich! I ended up going down past 17g to sometimes only 15 or 16g and still making flat whites with over 4oz milk you could taste the coffee very clearly - no overly milky taste spoiling the coffee.
It works really well IMO for flat whites and if you want a rich double espresso then that's also very tasty.
Had high hopes as I love the taste of actual caramelised biscuits, but this was more burnt biscuit in flavour. No hint of caramel at all and with quite an unpleasant smoky aftertaste. Tried various grinds and brew settings but flavour didn't improve. Might be delicious if you're a smoker, but really not for me.
Waitrose decaffeinated beans have been pretty good but this is better. It tastes like a great cup of untreated coffee.