Our search for decaf coffee started our early in Alma Coffee’s history. We explored what decaffeinating our own coffee would look like, but sadly the best options we could find included decaffeinating entire containers (more than 40,000 pounds) at a time and shipping these containers to other countries to do so. With our focus on always having the freshest coffee from our family farms, we knew the lead times, extended transits, and sheer volume was not in line with our ideal business practices and would result in less-than-extraordinary cup.
That’s when we began doing research on an official direct-trade partnership for decaf. Our search led us to a family-owned Nicaraguan farm called Selva Negra that warehouses their decaf in Atlanta, GA.—only miles from our warehouse and roastery! We loved everything about this decaf from the taste, the farm practices, and their use of a mountain water process for decaffeination.
So, what exactly is mountain water decaf processing? In a nutshell, pure water from super high mountains is used to steam the green bean and prepare it for extraction. Using a water-based saturation solution, the caffeine is removed from the beans while keeping the bean’s natural flavor compounds in place.
Our first ever decaf offering that even blew us away with how non-decaf tasting it is! Our inspiration for this coffee came from a late-night dinner at a steakhouse that is local to us: We had just had a fabulous meal and were ready for something sweet to finish off. However, as we ordered a cheesecake, we had a craving for a hot and chocolatey coffee to pair with that dessert but didn’t see any decaf coffee options on the menu. This experience inspired us to go find a decaf that would have paired perfectly our cheesecake cravings that evening, and thus Dreamer was added to the catalog. This decaf is not only crafted to be the perfect night cap or after-dinner pairing, it also changes the misconception that decaf can’t have any flavor.
Roast: Medium-Dark Decaf Roast
Tasting Notes: Rich Chocolate, Brown Sugar, Orange Peel
Process: Mountain Water Process
Region: Matagalpa, Nicaragua
Farm: Selva Negra
Altitude: 1,400 Meters