Guatemala Asproguate Cimarron Swiss Water Decaf



ASPROGUATE is an organization that represents more than 1,900 small producers from the regions of Acatenango, San Martin Jilotepeque, Coban, and Atitlan. Its purpose is to transfer benefits to sustainable value chain coffee producers responsibly. In this area of Guatemala, many husbands leave to work in the US and send money back to their families, so the farms represented are majority women-owned farms.

What is the "Swiss Water Process"?

The Swiss Water Process is a patented decaffeination method that uses only water to remove 99.9% of a coffee's caffeine content. Heat and time are also employed, but clean water is the only added ingredient.

How does your move caffeine using only water?

It's complicated, but the short answer is diffusion. Swiss Water explains that green is soaked in their proprietary Green Coffee Extract ("GCE"), containing all the water-soluble compounds found in coffee, except for the caffeine. The solution is heated, so the coffee beans swell and become porous. The caffeine molecules move out of the swelled coffee and into the GCE through osmosis, while the volatile compounds that affect things like flavor and  are left in place. The process is repeated until the coffee is 99.9% caffeine free.

How does it differ from other decaf methods?

The Swiss Water method uses no chemicals whatsoever. In contrast, many other decaffeination methods employ chemical solvents like methylene chloride ("MC" decaf) and ethyl acetate ("EA" decaf – either naturally or synthetically derived).

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Flavor Profile

Mild & Sweet
Flavors and Aromas
  • Rum Barrel
  • Toffee
  • Fig Jam
  • Lime
  • Rich
  • Plush Mouthfeel
  • Sweet

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