It’s now been a month since our Swiss Water Decaf Colombia Medellin coffee came in and so far we’re getting great feedback that you really like it. It was only a matter of time before we just had to get some Colombian decaffeinated coffee in store at the roaster. After all, Colombia is the second largest producer of coffee in the world and the largest producer of washed and Arabica coffee exporting approximately 12.5 million bags every single year for the whole word to enjoy. .

Colombia only produces washed Arabica coffee. There are three primary varieties grown in Colombia and the coffee is referred to by the region in which it is grown. Our Swiss Water Decaf beans are Excelso, which is a coffee grading term in Colombia. The Excelso coffee beans are large, but slightly smaller than Supremo coffee beans yet the Supremo and Excelso coffee beans are harvested from the same tree. They are simply sorted by size.  

But does size denote quality? Actually, generally speaking, no. It’s far more important to consider elevation, terroir (the land quality, etc), picking standards (for example, are the farmers picking everything in one go including less ripe cherries?) and processing methods.

The Antioquia/Medellin area is one of the larger coffee growing locations in Colombia and ticks all the boxes for high quality coffee. Indeed, it produces the majority of Colombian coffee including Excelso and the cup profile is characterised by having a medium body, well balanced acidity and are typically not as fruity/winey as coffees from other Colombian regions with notes of walnut, peach and cocoa.

This is probably our best all rounder coffee that suits most tastes and it’s proving to be a very popular decaf coffee.

November 05, 2016 — Guy Wilmot

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