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Decaf Guatemala Lomas Altas

Start your day with the rich, complex flavors of butter, pecan, and baked apple without the buzz of caffeine.

Produced by Finca Lomas Altas in Guatemala's New Oriente region, this single origin coffee undergoes a chemical-free water process of caffeine extraction and receives a light roast.

Flavor Profile

  • Origin

    El Paraíso, New Oriente, Guatemala

  • Tasting Notes

    Balanced and complex with flavors of baked apple, butter, and pecan.

  • Roast Level

    Light Med Lt Med Med Dark Dark

Origin Story

Maria Elena

New Oriente is located in Eastern Guatemala, in the heart of the Chiquimula department near the borders of El Salvador and Honduras. Coffee cultivation is relatively new here, having only started in the 1950s. Small holder producers only grew coffee as supplementary income to their other crops prior to this. Now, farms are scattered across the region and grow coffee as their primary crop, and quality continued to improve. New Oriente was once considered an impoverished and isolated area, but is now thriving due to its coffee economy. Finca Lomas Altas produces some of the best coffees from this upcoming region.

When farm owner Raul Sanchez Agustino passed away unexpectedly due to Covid in 2021, his wife Maria Elena took over management of the farm. The family works with the Del Paraíso producer organization in Jalapa, which works to strengthen the local community by helping producers improve quality and yields, and find buyers for their coffee.

This coffee was decaffeinated using the Swiss Water Process of caffeine extraction, without the use of chemical solvents. The coffee soaks in a water saturated green coffee extract that contains soluble coffee components just under equilibrium with that of the coffee beans, so soluble coffee components such as caffeine, only flow out of the beans and into the extract. The caffeine laden extract then passes through activated carbon filters that catch the caffeine molecules and the process is repeated until the beans are 99.9% caffeine free.

Altitude
Altitude

5,900 feet

Variety
Variety

Caturra, Pache, San Ramon

Processing
Processing

Washed

Why We Love This Coffee

Often times, decaffeinated coffees lose some of their inherent flavor and take on flavors caused by the decaffeination process. Equator’s Head Roaster Michelle initially tasted Decaf Guatemala Lomas Altas at a public tasting hosted by the coffee’s importer, Primavera, and was amazed at how much of the coffee’s flavor was retained.

  • Sustainably Sourced
    Sustainably Sourced

Good Coffee, Better Planet

We treasure our relationships in the global coffee community and invest in projects at origin to support our partners in their commitment to environmental sustainability and social welfare. We also invest in reducing our day-to-day impact, through initiatives like energy-efficient Loring Smart Roasters to reduce carbon emissions per batch by 80%.

As a certified B Corporation, we are a leader in sustainable practices that impact people and the planet. This third-party certification requires us to demonstrate transparency and accountability throughout our supply chain and quantify the impact our business creates for our employees, the community, and the environment. We are proud to be part of this community working together toward one unifying goal: using business as a force for good.

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