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Decaffeinated Guatemala - Select Water Process
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The ASOBAGRI (Asociación Barillense de Agricultores) was established in 1989 by a group of 20 smallholders within the Mayan community of Huehuetenango; today it has nearly 1200 members, representing nearly 70 different indigenous Mayan communities. The growth of coffee in Guatemala in the last 30 years has been extraordinary.
Grower(s): Small farmers from the Associatian Barillense de Agricultores Cooperative
Variety:Bourbon and Caturra
Region: Santa Cruz Barillas, Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Altitude: 1500 - 1600 meters
Process: Water Process Decaffeination
Roast Level: Medium/Dark
This decaffeinated coffee has a very nice creamy opening of milk chocolate with honey undertones. It has a sweet and clean finish with cola & soft raisin notes.
All of the active members are fully organic certified, and there are another 200 farmers who are in transition to achieve their certification.
The cooperative uses its certification premiums from its Fair Trade and organic coffees to provide member services such as women-producer-specific aid and events, health-care initiatives, educational access to members' children, emergency planning and funding, and micro-credits. The co-op has also invested in solar drying tables and variety replacement with coffees that are more robust in the face of coffee-leaf rust, which has been severely damaging in Guatemala in the past decade.
All decaffeinated coffee does not taste the same. Most of the time flavor issues in the coffee arise from the processing procedures used to actually decaffeinate the coffee. Always look for a water processed decaffeinated coffee as no chemicals are used in the caffeine removal process.