A perfect cup of coffee with Decadent Decaf Coffee – review

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Far back in the mists of time of my student days, black coffee was my drink of choice, accompanied by my trusty Gauloises (oops). Fast forward to now, and I can rarely drink it due to caffeine-induced headaches. When I read about the Decadent Decaf Coffee * company over on the lovely Rebecca’s Reviews blog I was intrigued. So when the company put a callout on Twitter for taste testers, I volunteered immediately.

Decadent Decaf Coffee

DDC was set up by passionate coffee drinkers and experts in sourcing, importing and roasting. When they couldn’t find any great tasting decaf, they decided to make some themselves.

Co-founder, Guy Wilmot, says most roasters don’t use good quality decaf green beans and decaf coffee was produced using chemical solvents, resulting in weak, insipid or bitter coffee. The usual decaffeination process is expensive so low quality coffees (or old coffee from past crops) were used. Which is probably why every decaf coffee I’ve tried before has been disgusting, with zero aroma or flavour.

How is Decadent Decaf Coffee different?

DDC use the Swiss Water® decaffeination process which gently removes the caffeine and leaves the coffee flavours in the bean. Just using water means it’s environmentally friendly, chemical-free, and 99.9% caffeine-free. And using high quality green coffee beans which are then roasted in small batches in the UK means this is a really fresh cup of decaf coffee. So far, DDC have won five Great Taste Awards and been featured in The Telegraph Best Decaf top buys too.

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Guy kindly sent me two packets of ground coffee to trial (we don’t have a grinder but you could opt for beans if you have one).  The Columbia Medellin (strength 3) with a “sweet nuttiness, round body and balanced acidity,” and the Indonesia Sumatra (strength 5) with a “deep brown sugar body, smooth cocoa finish and intense aroma.”

Taste test

When you open the packets, you’re immediately enveloped in that gorgeous freshly roasted coffee aroma. It’s been a while since we had proper filter coffee so I wasn’t sure how much to put in. After digging out and washing our beloved Alessi cafetiere, I added six heaped teaspoons on the premise that you can always dilute down once brewed.  Tip: boil fresh water for maximum oxygenation (as for tea) but let it cool for a few minutes before pouring, as boiling water burns the coffee.  After letting it brew for five minutes, we were ready to taste it.

We decided to try the Columbia Medellin first, and it was absolutely delicious. Rich, smooth, full flavoured and, yes, that hint of nuttiness. This was definitely my favourite.

Next we tried the Indonesia Sumatra, which was also lovely, full bodied, and a stronger cup of coffee. This was my husband’s favourite.

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We’ve been trialling these coffees for a few weeks now. In all honesty, you would never know you were drinking decaf coffee. Friends, including some real coffee aficionados, couldn’t tell either. We kept the open packets in an airtight container in a cool, dark, dry place, as per the instructions to maintain flavour.

What are the benefits of decaf coffee?

Firstly, Flora has been able to try some. I would never normally let a child drink full strength freshly roasted coffee but because there’s practically zero caffeine in these packets, she’s been able to enjoy it along with Mummy and Daddy 🙂 So I could have drunk this while I was pregnant and breastfeeding too.

Secondly, as those of you who follow my gardening blogs may remember, used coffee grounds make an excellent soil improver, so we’ve not wasted anything we’ve used.

Other health benefits include the high levels of remaining antioxidants that may prevent conditions associated with cancer, and may also reduce the risk of incurring diabetes.

The polyphenols in coffee beans aren’t lost during the Swiss Water decaffeination process either. These can boost the brain’s cognitive abilities and improve memory. So drinking this decaf coffee may also contribute to the prevention of mental decline due to old age and Alzheimer’s disease. My favourite aunt, who celebrated her 92nd birthday recently, drinks a lot of coffee is as sharp as a tack so I think there’s definitely something in this!

Would I buy?

Yes. I’m not going to waffle or equivocate, I will definitely be buying more once we run out. I’m tempted by the bundle offer of all six bags with free shipping from DDC direct as I think they’d last us quite some time. Or, if you’re a real coffee lover, you could even take out a subscription or gift some coffee to a lucky friend. And you can also buy Decadent Decaf Coffee from Amazon with your book order or from Ocado if that’s easier.

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I realise that decaf coffee won’t suit everyone. Some people thrive on the caffeine buzz and it can make them more productive. But the pleasure of drinking real coffee without the previously associated caffeine headaches is something I’ve really appreciated over the last few weeks. It’s lovely to be able to enjoy the coffee culture again, even if it’s only at home!

Have you ever tried decaf coffee before? Are you tempted to now?

* I was gifted these coffees in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own and this is an honest, unbiased review.

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Emily
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I’m not the biggest coffee fan, but this definitely sounds good and way healthier than other coffee! Thanks for sharing a lovely review xx

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Kate
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Loved reading your review, I’m not supposed to have caffeine but I do love a good coffee, I haven’t seen this one before now thought, love the sound of it and will have to give it a try 🙂

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Jenny
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I don’t drink coffee because it gives me the shakes and makes me feel drunk, I think I might have a slight intolerance to it but maybe would be worth trying decaf and see if it has the same effect? Glad you liked these ones 🙂 xxx

Bexa
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I absolutely loveee the smell of coffee but can’t drink the caffeinated version as it makes me so jittery. This decaf coffee sounds like the perfect solution. It sounds like it is both high quality and delicious. I also love how you have included the health benefits in this review Lisa, I never knew coffee could be so good for you! This is a great post and has really tempted me to give it a try. Thanks for sharing <3 xx

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Ellis Woolley
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The way you described the smell of the coffee has made me drool, it’s one of the best smells in the world isn’t it! x x
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Susanne
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This sounds like a really great product! I love the taste of coffee but after more than two cups – or three espressi – I start to feel a bit weird, but this sounds like a great solution to the problem. Thanks for the review 🙂

Sophie
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This sounds absolutely amazing. I’ve got to admit, I drink bucket loads of strong, black coffee on a daily basis and my only experience of decaf so far is it tasting like drain water. I was so pleasantly surprised when you described the taste of this one! My over caffeinated body may have to try some. It’s great that Flora can join in too! x

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Kristin
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This sounds great! I love my regular coffee but sometimes I want a cup later in the day and I know drinking that much caffeine in the evening is a bad idea but I have yet to find a decaf that really delivers. I might have to try this brand! Thanks for the review!

Creative Nails
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I’m not really into coffee myself, but my mum really enjoys it. I may have to look into some of these as a possible present for her so she can give it a try 🙂 thanks for sharing!

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Rebecca
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Aw thanks for the mention Lisa and a great review to go with it! Glad you also liked it too. I really couldn’t tell it was decaf and nor could family who tried it. You’ve made me want a coffee now! xx

Melanie
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I’m not a coffee drinker at all but knownplenty of people who are and these sound great. It’s always brilliant to find an alternative that has a similar taste especially when it comes to something like caffeine . So glad you have found something you like and will buy again. Great post thanks for sharing Lisa 😃

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andthenzen ✨
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I’ve always been told that as I get older, my tastebuds will change and I won’t be able to live without coffee, but I’m still patiently waiting for that to happen.. 😂🤷🏼‍♀️ This sounds like a great alternative for anyone looking to cut back on their caffeine intake though! ✨

Kat
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I love coffee, but I’ve been making the move to decaf over the last year. I might have to hunt down this brand – it sounds good 🙂

Ms Via
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I am more of a tea drinker, but I also drink coffee one cup a day and the normal coffee is fine for me but my husband drinks decaf coffee as he has his high BP problem to avoid caffeine. 🙂

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Kirstie
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I love coffee, I should really switch to decaf considering caffeine does weird things to my body, but I haven’t found one that I actually really like. I will definitely consider trying these though, it sounds like you really enjoyed it!

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Katya
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Wow, this sounds like an impressive coffee a lot will take advantage. And knowing it’s 99.9% caffeine free is massive. I would love to have this every morning.

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Imogen
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I might have to look into this as I’m not supposed to have caffiene, but I love the taste of coffee!

Bethany Jane
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I don’t actually like coffee (sorry!) but this sounds really intriguing. I also didn’t realise there were so many benefits from drinking coffee. I’m glad you’re able to enjoy it again without any pain!
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