As a mum of two toddlers, to say my life is fuelled by coffee is an understatement. The only drawback? Well, that would be severe IBS I’ve had since a rather nasty bout of salmonella in 2006 which now manifests itself (amongst other things) in a reaction to caffeine. You can imagine how devastating it is that when exhausted after night after night (after night) of very little sleep, the only thing I can really reach for is a rather thin cup of instant decaf. Therefore, finding great decaf coffee on the market is something that sounds like an amazing opportunity for someone like me not to be missed. Which is why when Decadent Decaf Coffee Co gave a little shout out asking for testers, I did a little wave, cheer and jump up and down to say pick me, pick me!
Decadent Decaf Coffee Co is the world’s first solely decaf coffee brand. Disappointed with what was currently being offered on the market, they decided to make their own. Using Swiss Water Decaf process – I won’t go into detail but if you are really interested you can read all about it here – they are able to guarantee that their coffee is 99.9% caffeine free. Which, if you have an intolerance to caffeine like me is perfect. Most brands decaf options can still have up to 10mg of caffeine in them so to find one that really works to remove as much as possible in their process, means I can enjoy more coffee in a day!
There are 6 options to choose from: Colombia Medellin, Costa Rica Strictly Hard Bean, Ethiopia Sidamo, Indonesia Sumatra Mandheling, Kenya AA and their Signature Espresso Blend.
I was sent the Colombia Medellin, the Ethiopia Sidamo and Indonesia Sumatra to try out.
I’ll be honest and say that I found the Indonesia Sumatra coffee a little too strong for my taste. However, this is not one I would have personally tried myself seeing as Decadent Decaf Coffee Co gave it a strength rating of 5. I would have known that this bad boy would have been a little out of my league.
The other two I was sent though were lovely. Smooth and full of flavour. So much so that it felt like a lovely indulgence to sit down with a cup. You know when you take the first sip and you have that “oh that’s a good cup of coffee” moment? Yep, it was just like that. Especially the Ethiopia Sidamo which was my favourite.
Now, you may be thinking. Ok Vicki, calm down. It’s a cup of coffee. Why on earth are you reviewing coffee?! The truth is that I miss it! Pre-salmonella I was a big coffee drinker. When I got ill and couldn’t eat or drink much without making myself poorly, it wasn’t the alcohol or chocolate I missed, it was coffee. Pining away at the window outside Starbucks for a really good cup of coffee.
Now don’t get me wrong, decaf will never have the kick of full fat coffee. Do you know what though – for taste – these guys come pretty close, which is a big thing for me. As 12 years later, I still miss it.
As you can probably tell, I loved this coffee. With 6 options to choose from, there really is something to suit everyone’s tastes. After years of instant coffee, this really did feel like an indulgent treat. Something to enjoy slowly in the garden while reading a Sunday paper. Not that I get time to do anything like that anymore, but you get the idea.
Would I drink it all the time? At over £6 a bag then to be honest probably not. However, I would have it in the house now for that ‘proper coffee’ treat from time to time. It would also make a fantastic addition to a gift hamper for anyone you may know who cannot drink caffeine or simply chooses not to. Add in a couple of fabulous cups and a good book and you have a wonderful birthday or Christmas treat for someone in your life.
Decadent Decaf Coffee is available from their website as well as on Amazon and Ocado.
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DISCLOSURE: I was provided with this item in return for my honest review. As always though, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.