Black Market Decaf
|PROCESS||Swiss Water Decaffeination|
|PRODUCERS||Patagonia, Carmen, and Retiro|
|REGION||Santa Ana, El Salvador|
|VARIETY||Bourbon, Pacas, Pacamara|
|TASTES LIKE||Honey, almond, and cocoa|
|SIZE||12 ounces whole bean|
Roasted one business day after order.
Decaf coffee is tough. Caffeine is locked up tight in the bean and so getting it out is always a challenge. From the start, we have been 100% committed to chemical free decaffeination at Cartel. There are only a handful of ways to remove caffeine from coffee beans without the use of chemicals and Cartel has favored what is known as the ‘Mountain Water Process’ or MWP decaf. This year, we decided to try each of the other chemical free options, leading us first to the Santa Ana CO2 Decaf (which was lovely) and finally this new lot, decaffeinated by what is called the ‘Swiss Water Process’.
We tasted this lot and knew immediately that it would be our most popular decaf ever. It’s kind of unbelievable and we aren’t just saying that. It has an approachability without being boring, actually tastes like high quality (caffeinated) coffee, and our cost allows us to price it a bit lower than our recent one. As we thought it through, we realized that our decaf concept was already being sourced and sold like a Black Market type of product. Decaf customers want something that is high quality, ethically sourced, but not necessarily changing all of the time. And so, Black Market Decaf was born! Even if you have never had a decaf you have liked, you need to give it a try. Take the Black Market Decaf challenge.