Swiss Water Decaffeinated Sumatra
Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Co. Inc. is a global leader in environmentally responsible chemical-free decaffeination of specialty coffee and has been since 1989.
The SWISS WATER® Process is a taste-driven, 100% chemical free decaffeination process that uses water from the coast mountains of British Columbia and proprietary caffeine-specific carbon re-generation technology. We promise that solvents like methylene chloride or ethyl acetate are never used to remove caffeine from green coffee beans.
Using water, the SWISS WATER® Process removes caffeine such that the beans are 99.9% caffeine free while maintaining the unique origin flavor, body and aroma characteristics. The best of the bean remains while only the caffeine is removed.
Many of the islands of Indonesia were formed by volcanoes. This created mountainous regions with rich soil that is ideal for growing coffee. Sumatra Mandheling coffee is grown on the lofty volcanic slopes of Mount Leuser near the port of Padang in the Balak region of west-central Sumatra.
The unique method used in its production results in a very full body with a concentrated flavor, garnished with herbal nuances and a spicy finish. Giling Basah, the name of the traditional Sumatran process, involves hulling the parchment off of the bean at roughly 50% moisture content; for comparison, most other processes hull coffee at around 10-12% moisture. This unique Sumatran process results in a trademark flavor profile (low acidity and a richness that lingers on the back of the palate) and gives the green beans a signature dark color. Notes of chocolate are evident in the finish.
This Sumatran coffee is Double or Triple-Picked, referring to the number of times the coffee is hand-picked for defects. This extra quality control results in a very consistent cup including only cherries at optimum ripeness.
- Roast Level: Medium.
- Region: Batak Region of West-Central Sumatra, Aceh.
- Growing Altitude: 1,000 – 1,500 m.
- Varietal: Catimor, Typica.
- Process: Wet hulled, sun-dried.
- Cup Characteristics: Cedar notes; clean earth & herbal; sweet tobacco; spice & chocolate.