Musasa Swiss Water Decaf


Our latest decaf comes from the Musasa washing stations in Rwanda - Nkara, Ruli and Mbilima. In Rwanda, the term washing station refers to the processing mill. This coffee has been decaffeinated using the Swiss water process.

The Producers

Most of the small scale producers with whom Musasa Dukunde Kawa works own less than a quarter of a hectare of land, where they cultivate an average of only 250 - 300 coffee trees each as well as other subsistence food crops such as maize and beans. The cooperative gives these small farmers the chance to combine their harvests and process cherries centrally.

The Processing

As at most washing stations in Rwanda, women do the majority of the hand sorting. This takes place in two stages - on the covered pre-drying tables and on the drying tables. Washed beans are moved from the wet fermentation tanks onto the pre-drying tables, where they are intensively sorted under shade for around six hours. The idea is that greens (unripes) are still visible when the beans are damp, while the roofs over the tables protect the beans from the direct sunlight. Next, the beans are moved onto the washing station’s extensive drying tables for around 14 days (depending on the weather), where they are sorted again for defects, turned regularly and protected from rain and the midday sun by covers, ensuring both even drying and the removal of any damaged or ‘funny looking’ beans.

The Swiss Water Process

Swiss Water is a sustainable, organically certified and 100% chemical free process for removing caffeine from coffee.

Natural: This gentle process uses four elements to remove caffeine from coffee: water, coffee, time and temperature. And absolutely no artificial chemicals!

Great Tasting: Swiss Water Process enables the coffee bean to retain the taste and aroma that amazing coffee has, just without the caffeine.

Caffeine Free: After decaffeination, the beans are 99.9% caffeine free (this exceeds the FDA standard for “caffeine free”)

Washing Station: Musasa Nkara, Ruli and Mbilima

Varietal(s): 100% Red Bourbon

Processing: Fully washed & sun dried on raised beds

Altitude: Washing Stations 1800,1,999 and 2,020 masl

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