Grown 100% by the women of the Gashonga Cooperative of Rwanda. Learn more below!
Altitude: 1,650 MASL
Decaffeination: Swiss Water® Process
We care about sourcing and roasting top quality, delicious decaffeinated coffee, for all the coffee lovers who want a good cup without the caffeine!.
As soon as we started Canyon, we started meeting people who LOVE coffee, but caffeine just doesn't work for them. We want everyone to be able to enjoy delicious coffee as a part of their morning ritual, and we are proud to provide that through Afternoon Decaf, our seasonally-rotating Swiss Water Process decaffeinated coffee.
"When I made the switch to decaf coffee, I didn't want to give up what I love most - taste! Canyon Coffee decaf is so smooth and delicious and just makes my morning. Added bonus - the beautiful packaging and the sweetest vibes."
- Rebecca M., WI
“For me, decaf was a step down from ‘real’ coffee. But after trying Canyon’s, it’s all I want - ever. There’s no compromise on the richness of its flavor, and no other brand even comes close. Also, the fact that’s it’s Swiss Water processed means I’m skipping the chemicals. Winning!”
- Ali M., CA
WHY WE CARE ABOUT GOOD DECAF COFFEE
When we started Canyon Coffee, we learned very quickly that there are a lot of coffee lovers who want their coffee without the caffeine.
While the reasons vary—pregnant mothers, sensitivity to caffeine, total daily caffeine consumption, etc.—every decaf lover shares one thing in common: they still want a delicious cup of coffee!
We know what a difference good coffee makes in starting your day off right. And we believe everyone ought to enjoy a delicious cup, caffeine or not.
And that's why we are very proud to have Afternoon Decaf, a seasonally rotating single origin coffee bean that has been decaffeinated via the Swiss Water Process.
ABOUT THE FARMERS
The Gashonga Cooperative was formed by 85 women back in 2009 to pool their resources and become stronger as a group. The Co-op struggled in its early days, but they continued to grow and benefitted, in part, from the help of the non-profit Sustainable Growers, whose trainings helped the farmers improve their coffee yields and output.
Today, Gashonga is Fair Trade certified and has grown to include 109 members. Their improvements have helped them earn higher prices for their coffee, and they have used the increased dividends to invest in further education for their farmers, farm animals like cows and goats for supplemental income, producing their own organic fertilizer, and acquiring health insurance for all of their members.
With regard to their coffee, Gashonga has also been recognized. They've achieved international recognition for the quality, placing 7th in the 2015 Rwanda Cup of Excellence competition.
The members of Gashonga sum up coffee's effect on their lives this way:
"We feel proud, valued, motivated, loved, connected, improved and strengthened. And knowing that we have produced something valuable, we feel dignified, too."
Photo of the women of Gashonga Collective provided by our import partners, Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers, a Certified B Corporation based in Portland, OR.
Process: Fully Washed
Decaffeination: Swiss Water® Process
We Taste: Molasses, Black Tea, Plum
Since 2013 the women of Nyampinga have received training in agronomy, market access, and quality control from Sustainable Growers. The result of the farmer's hard work and enhanced knowledge of coffee production has been a resounding improvement in cup quality. Nyampinga coffees are among finest available in all of Rwanda.
One driver of better agronomic practices has been a unique program called Premium Sharing Rewards, which rewards farmers with points for attending trainings and implementing their learnings on the farm. With these points, farmers can purchase rewards from a catalog of items they have collectively chosen. The program was developed as a way to incentivize farmers in a respectful way to encourage further training and technical assistance, and implement those skills to produce better crops.
Nyampinga operates its own washing station, which processes coffee from farmers all over the area. It serves as a key component of specialty coffee infrastructure, elevating the region's cup profiles upward. At the coffee washing station the coffee is carefully depulped, fermented, washed, and dried on raised African beds. The members of the cooperative and coffee washing station diligently hand sort the coffee at each step of the way.
Source: Sustainable harvest
What is Swiss Water Process?
Swiss Water® Process uses the elements of water, temperature and time to create some of the most intriguing and flavorful decaf coffee. They start with small batches of quality coffee and green coffee extract. Then they add local Vancouver, B.C. water, and with careful attention monitoring time and temperature, they phase out the caffeinated water through osmosis until the coffee is 99.9% caffeine free.