Arabica Decaf - Ethiopia
Farmer: Gidey Berthe
Location: :Limu Kossa, Oromia, South Western Ethiopia
Altitude: 1840-2130 masl
Our recent option of Decaf comes from the far West of Ethiopia in an area known as Limu Kossa, where farmer and landowner Gidey Berthe grows coffee on a 350 hectare farm at between 1840-2130 masl. The land was once wild forest and has been thinned slightly to accommodate the coffee, but the feeling of quiet solitude pervades amongst the native trees.
This coffee has been decaffeinated by using the Sparking Water process was first discovered by a scientist called Kurt Zosel at the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research in 1967 as he was looking at new was of separating mixtures of substances. In 1988, a German decaffeination company called CR3 developed this process for decaffeinate whereby natural carbon dioxide (which comes from prehistoric underground lakes) is combined with water to create 'sub-critical' conditions which creates a highly solvent substance for caffeine in coffee. It is a gentle, natural and organically certified process and the good caffeine selectivity of the carbon dioxide guarantees a high retention level of other coffee components which contribute to taste and aroma.