Sumatra Mandheling - swiss water decaf
Decaf: it's a dirty word for some, but not for us. This single origin Indonesia (Sumatra) Mandheling more than holds it own in our range of premium beans and makes a seriously delicious, trouble-free brew. The Mandheling name originated with the tribespeople of Sumatra's northern Tapanuli region, and in this case designates a variety of different beans that, wet-hulled and Swiss Water Processed, comes up rich and smooth and sweet in the cup, with delicious earthy notes and a undeniable chocolate flavour.
varietal: Typica & Catimor
altitude: 1300 – 1900m
process: wet hulled, Swiss Water Decaffeinated
flavours: rich and earthy with notes of dark chocolate and citrus
best suited to espresso, syphon, aeropress, stovetop and filter methods.
A little bit about The Swiss Water Process;
Much of the reason decaf has such a bad name in coffee is due to the variety of truly horrible chemical processes that have been used over the years to achieve decaffeination, invariably ruining the flavour of the bean. The Swiss Water Process, in contrast, is a taste-driven, 100% chemical free decaffeination process that delivers coffee that is 99.9% caffeine-free while protecting the unique characteristics and flavour of the coffee’s origin.
In this process, green beans are soaked in water for an extended period; the water absorbs the caffeine and the coffee’s flavours as well. The water is then carbon-filtered, which removes the caffeine but not the flavour. The first batch of green beans is discarded, and a second batch soaked in the caffeine-free, flavour-saturated water which this time absorbs only the caffeine- the decaffeinated beans are then dried, processed and roasted as usual.