“ Brand: Percol / Type: Decaffeinated Coffee „
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Tastes more like dried mud in water than coffee. I think I'll be sticking with other instant decaff brands.
Having to keep off caffeine as much as possible due to having the medical condition M E, I have discovered that all decaffeinated coffees are not the same. Many use chemicals to remove the caffeine, and many are not produced ethically. I have tried many over the years and I think I have found my favourite in recent times which is Percol Decaffeinated Fair-trade Colombian, which I feel is as close in taste to the richer caffeinated coffees.
Now you might have to do a little searching for this one because although many supermarkets stock Percol coffees, not many stock the decaf version, but it is well worth seeking out. Lately I have been buying mine from Ocado, the home delivery supermarket service, and it costs £2.39 for 100g. It also comes in a coffee for filter makers, but the one I am reviewing is the instant version.
The coffee is made from Arabica coffee beans grown in Colombia, the coffee is fair-trade and freeze dried, but above all it is grown sustainably, so that the future of both the environment and the people who grow it are protected. The farmers who grow the coffee are guaranteed a fair price for their product, which can be as much as 3 times the market value at the time the crop is harvested.
The coffee is grown in the Pinipay and Pipinta regions of Colombia which are in the slopes of the Andes near to the capital Bogota. Percol have helped these growers to improve their organic farming methods and to improve their homes too.
The coffee is decaffeinated using the natural water method and the result is I think a lovely coffee. They say it is strength 3 where the scale runs for 1 to 5, 5 being the strongest, and I think this is accurate as it is a coffee which is really drinkable without the bitterness, but with enough flavour to make it a real cup! I have also tried Café Direct and I feel this coffee really has a bitter flavour which is not that pleasant, and for this reason I feel the Percol excels amongst its rivals.
Purchasing this coffee will mean a percentage of the cost will be donated to a children's charity called The Coffee Kids Charity which is a charity which was set up in 1998 by Bill Fishbein, the owner of Coffee Exchange. The aim of the charity is to help and support the children of coffee growers who so often are denied an education, instead facing no alternative but to work in the coffee fields, from very early age. The money raised helps to free these children from poverty, and also helps with medical care and education for them. This means they do not have the only road ahead of them to work in the coffee fields for ever, from an age where their childhood is in its infancy.
The Percol Decaf coffee jar is a lovely blue glass which has the fair-trade logo on the side and the slogan "Adventures In Coffee" on the lid! This logo is intended to make you think about where the coffee is sourced, in this case the exciting location of the slopes of Andes Mountains.
The side has a few words to make this journey come to life:
"To enjoy your trek in the Andes you need to be sure footed and sure to carry a comprehensive survival kit. The weather up here is very different from when you stepped off the plane.
Out of breath already? Those were just the foothills. You've a long way to climb yet before you can hear the Condor's cry and observe the mighty Magdalena River flowing below you in eerie silence.
This landscape is sparse but beautiful in its own way - like a good decaf. With everything taken away it's a very different type of understated beauty that will greet the coffee adventurer, but memorable nonetheless; especially if you meet a mountain tapir en route.
Temperatures drop below 5 degrees at night though so remember to bring a warm sleeping bag!"
I have to say just reading this makes me want not only a coffee but a trip to the Andes as it sounds like an inspirational place. Since reading this I must admit staring into my coffee has brought a whole new meaning, and I for one find their ethics and their sense of adventure very appealing!
Top make you simply mix one teaspoon with boiling water adding milk to taste. Recently I have been drinking it with goats' milk which is delicious.
First thing in the morning it makes a delicious start to the day and at least I have no caffeine to affect my heart, which sadly it can't tolerate in any quantities.
The cost is actually quite reasonable for a fair-trade product. Looking today on the price-comparison website "My Supermarket.Com"- Tesco Fair-Trade Decaff is actually 50p more expensive at £2.89 for 100g.
The coffee is delicious, the jar- an object of beauty in itself, and the ethical nature of the company makes me feel this is the best decaf you can buy.
Fairtrade coffee / Decaf / 100g.