COSTA RICA, WEST VALLEY | 1200 MASL | LAURINA
No complex post-harvest process to remove the existing caffeine, this coffee is instead a natural decaf. Or 'low-caf' should we say. This uniqueness however is what makes this coffee so rare. In coffee plants, caffeine acts as a bittering agent and a deterrent for pests. Having low quantities of caffeine then makes the Laurina more susceptible to disease, and thus not among the more common coffee varietals produced globally.
This particular lot comes from Doka Estate, a multi-generational estate owned by the Vargas family. Having not had to go through one of the standard methods for decaffeinating coffee post-harvest, we were able to roast this coffee to a more medium level and focus on the inherent characteristics of the coffee. A sweetness that typifies Costa Rican coffees, chocolate, caramel, and nutty, with a round orange acidity. Imagine that, a decaf that doesn't taste like decaf.