Bad Hands Decaf Mexico is a great blend. No fuss. No nasty additives, as its been through mountain water de caffeination. Just great, sweet tasting decaf coffee Great in an espresso or filter based coffee.
ALL THE BARK WITHOUT THE BITE
Because sometimes you want a coffee before bed and with this slammin’ decaf you get all the sweet, toffee notes you deserve to help you drift off to the land of nod.
Mountain water decaffeination means no weird chemicals and a truer representation of the coffee flavour.
Great for decaf espresso-based drinks or filter coffee.
Process: Mountain Water Decaffeination
Farm: Finca Nueva Linda
Varietal: Mundo Novo, Catuai, Caturra, Catimor
Altitude: 1,940 masl
Don Octavio has spent almost all his life working in coffee and is, according to many who know him, “the last of his kind.” He started as a driver working in a nearby coffee farm, and it is here that his love for coffee arose. His first goal was to purchase a little land of his own where he could start growing coffee. With hard work and diligent savings, he succeeded in purchasing a good piece of land of reasonable size – Nueva Linda. The farm’s name was given to it by the previous owner, who had purchased the land in 1909, but who had only visited the land once – just long enough to name it. As Don Octavio worked the land, establishing plots of coffee trees, he slowly began to acquire more and more of the land surrounding his initial purchase, eventually reaching the farm’s current size.
Today, Finca Nueva Linda occupies 638 hectares, 142 of which are given over to coffee production. Don Octavio produces only coffee here, despite only cultivating 22% of the land. He takes being part of El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve as a significant responsibility and has placed 496 hectares under “voluntary conservation of estates”. It is important to note that this conservation effort is entirely voluntary, as there is no document or law that requires this from farm owners in the area. The farm is currently managed by Juan José Moguel Orantes, who oversees all aspects of processing and cultivation these days. With Juan José’s help, Don Octavio has actively experimented with lot separation, processing and drying as a means of discovering the full potential of his coffee. Together, they have even built a brand new greenhouse for shade drying – one of the first of its kind in the area.
Don Octavio’s success has not been without its challenges. In 1998, when the farm was much smaller (around 140 hectares), Hurricane Mitch completely destroyed 38 hectares of the farm and leveled the processing facilities. Then, again, in 2005, the farm sustained severe damage from Hurricane Stan. They have refused to cave in the face of such obstacles, however. After rebuilding again and planting new trees, in 2009 they won third place in the Mexican Premio Cosecha coffee quality contest for Arabica, and the farm even succeeded in harvesting a record 4,000 quintals in 2010.