This decaffeinated Guatemala comes to us from Huehuetenango, a region from which we’ve seen some of the most delicious and most consistent coffees Central America from the 2016-2017 harvest. Huehue is remote compared to other famous Guatemalan regions like Antigua, and its north and west borders are shared with the Mexican state of Chiapas.
The green coffee was shipped from Guatemala to Veracruz, Mexico, the location of Descamex and their chemical-free decaffeination method called Mountain Water Process. The technique involves hydrating the coffee beans, preloading the water with green coffee extract – basically everything that makes coffee coffee except for caffeine. The saturated coffee-solids water extracts just the caffeine, is drained and filtered, and then the process is repeated until the coffee is at least 97% free of the alkaloid.