Sidamo MC Decaf




Sidama Coffee Farmers Co-op


Sidamo MC Decaf




Washed MC Decaf


1500-2000 MASL


Tart, Fruit Acidity, Perfume Florals, Chocolate And Bergamot Notes.

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Additional Info

The Sidamo region of Southern Ethiopia holds the distinction as one of the three trademarked coffee regions of Ethiopia. Alongside Harrar and Yirgacheffe, Sidamo holds a Designation of Origin for coffee grown in the region. That’s unsurprising when you consider the high altitudes of 1,550 to 2,200 meters above sea level, plentiful rainfall and fertile soil that makes the coffee grown in this region so remarkable.

Sidamo coffees are well known for a profound complexity whose depth and breadth of flavour. Unlike other decaffeination processes, MC decaffeination leaves the coffees natural flavours. This means we can find decaf coffees that taste more like high quality caffeine coffees, allowing us to bring a flavour diversity to our decaf lineup.

Sidamo MC Decaf

The methylene chloride (MC) decaffeination process is relatively simple. The coffee beans are moistened with water and MC is circulated throughout. The MC binds with the caffeine in the bean and extracts it while leaving most of the other flavor compounds. After the desired caffeine level is reached, the MC residue on the beans is removed by steaming them.

Because MC is not naturally occurring in plants, the resulting decaffeinated coffee cannot be labeled as “naturally decaffeinated.” However, MC has been determined by global health organizations not to be a health risk in amounts under 10 parts per million (PPM). In MC decaffeinated coffee, MC remains in amounts under 1 PPM. Further, MC is highly volatile and evaporates at 40 degrees C. Considering the high temperatures of roasting (about 204 degrees C) and brewing (about 93 degrees C) it is highly unlikely that any MC remains in the final beverage.

While Ethiopia is famous as coffee’s birthplace, today it remains a specialty coffee industry darling for its incredible variety of flavors. While full traceability has been difficult in recent history, new regulations have made direct purchasing possible. We’re partnering directly with farmers to help them produce top quality specialty lots that are now completely traceable, adding value for farmers and roasters, alike.

If you’d like to mix things up with some caffeinated options, check out our other Ethiopian Coffees


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