“ Type: Organic CoffeeType: Decaffeinated Coffee / Food quality: Organic food „
This is undoubtedly my favourite decaffeinated coffee on the market. Now days decaffeinated coffees are getting better; you might have an inkling that a coffee is decaff, but not be 100% certain either way. Not so with this one!
Cafe Direct Decaffeinated Organic Medium Roast Coffee is so much like 'normal' coffee that I really can't tell the difference.
As an instant coffee, it is of course as easy to make as putting a spoonful into a cup and topping up with hot water (though I like it white, you could of course drink it black).
The aroma is wonderful from the second that you pop a spoon through its foil seal. The coffee itself smells full bodied and rich - not at all chemically as you can get with some decaff brands.
The coffee is rich, but not bitter, and has a wonderful warm taste that spreads through your entire mouth. There is no aftertaste, and as it is decaff, no keeping you awake either!
Because the coffee is fairtrade and organic, you can also rest assured that your puchase is good for the environment, and for the coffee growers (or at the very least, better than it would be if you didn't buy organic / fairtrade).
I've got a friend who is very switched on when it comes to food and drink, not in a gourmet sense, but in the sense that she's just so good. Never too much salt or sugar and caffeine is restricted. It shouldn't really have come as a surprise to me therefore that, when I enquired as to the coffee I was drinking at her house, that it was, effectively, coffee-free coffee.
They probably don't come much more green and healthy than this offering: fair-trade, organic and decaffeinated! Being the philistine that I am I'd expect this offering to taste rather weak and more akin to dirty water than a decent coffee but I'd be wrong. In fact, so wrong that I have actually bought a couple of jars since that first mug of coffee and, although not a complete convert I can't dismiss it in the way I probably would.
The flavour of the coffee is surprisingly smooth. It's not a rough coffee like many regular instants and, although I prefer to drink my coffee white it is perfectly acceptable black. The smoothness is rather akin to Blue Mountain coffee although the flavour is a world away.
On opening the jar one is greeted with an aroma that reminds me of very weak Nescafe, not that inspiring. You can tell that the predominant bean is Arabica but there's a fruity note there too, peaches perhaps, and a distinct cocoa smell. Despite some rather lovely individual aromas the whole does not blend to a pleasing conclusion - it almost smells manufactured rather than natural.
The instant granules look no different to the bulk of instants, they're probably the lighter colour of Dowe Egberts Gold rather than the darker Nescafe standard. Where they differ is in their ability to dissolve - the water hits them and they're gone. Stirring is almost a thing of the past. You will get a slight crema layer but it doesn't stick around for much more than a minute or so. Adding milk turns the drink into a creamy looking offering with a good golden colour that looks sweet.
This sweet look is carried through into the taste. I drink coffee with sugar but again, as with the addition or not of milk, I can take this without sugar. I prefer it with, however. The first thing that will hit you is the fact that this is a smooth, smooth coffee. It has no edge. The peaches and chocolate that were evident in the aroma have been lost save that their texture remains. The Arabica has come to the fore to produce a rich taste that is hugely satisfying. Despite the richness this is actually a coffee that I'd imagine non-coffee drinkers might like (as with Blue Mountain). It reminds me of coffee cake rather than a shot of espresso.
The finish is surprisingly long with the taste of the coffee lingering in the mouth for a good while after the cup has been finished.
For a coffee that I thought would be coffee-free this is a surprisingly good drink. You'll not get the caffeine buzz that you might expect from regular coffee but you will enjoy a flavoursome, relaxing drink.
Before tasting Cafedirect's decaffeinated coffee, I actively avoided de-caff coffee. I preferred to drink water or fruit juice when I was avoiding caffeine, as the flavour of many decaffeinated coffees is really not up to standard. I love the flavour of Cafedirect decaffeinated; I love the rich coffee aroma as I open the jar. I love the smooth taste of the coffee. I love the fact that it's fairly traded so that my enjoyment of the drink is enriching someone else's life as well as my own. It is also organic and therefore naturally decaffeinated so I don't have to worry about lots of chemicals counter-acting my healthy decision to drink de-caffeinated. What I love most is that it actually tastes better than Cafedirect Instant with caffeine - it's less bitter, with a richer flavour. I will choose better flavoured coffee instead of a caffeine boost every time!
Freeze dried instant fair trade coffee. This coffee has been grown organically without artificial fertilisers or pesticides, decaffeinated with natural elements, and is certified by the Soil Association.