Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The beauty of having a decaf plant "next door" at origin

Aug. 30, 2016
I'm back in the US after living in Rwanda for a year. Rwanda has some great coffee. So does Burundi. Artisan Coffee Imports will be trying to get some of it decaffeinated for our customers who long for those rare, high-quality decaf East Africans.

Meanwhile, this recent post from our friend Andy Newborn at IP Coffees shares important insights (well-known and understood here at Artisan) about why high-quality decaf East Africans are difficult to find. It is much more efficient to have the coffee located near the decaf plant. http://ipcoffees.com/drink-decaf-coffee/. Thanks Andy for helping the world who appreciates good decaf! I would like to know, though, how well these low elevation, Mexican (variety?) beans stack up against Rwandan Bourbon varieties grown at 1400 - 1600 meters on the shores of Lake Kivu.  Maybe we can arrange a face-off at a cupping some day!

Learn more about the "real" world of decaf. Take the SCAA's course RP104. The next session is next week - Sep. 6, with "yours truly" instructing!

[Author: Ruth Ann Church]