Lost Sheep Coffee launches sugar-treated decaf coffee
Lost Sheep Coffee has launched its new decaffeinated capsule coffee, that is fresh and flavourful for at least 12 months.
The coffee is made from single origin Arabica coffee beans from the small town of Pitalito in Colombia, delivered straight to Lost Sheep Coffee where they are hand-roasted at its facility in Whitstable, Kent.
The capsules are certified 100% compostable by the industry gold standard TUV Austria. The Nespresso-compatible coffee capsules are made from wood bark (or Lignin) and are fully air-tight for freshness for 12+ months.
The coffee decaffeination process can strip much of the flavour from coffee beans. Lost Sheep’s new process uses sugar cane ethyl acetate (E.A.) processing, is also commonly referred to as natural decaffeinated. It starts by fermenting molasses derived from sugar cane to create the solution. This alcohol is then mixed with acetic acid to create the ethyl acetate solution.
In South America, where sugar cane is readily available, it makes great economic and environmental sense to use this plentiful resource to complement the coffee industry. E.A. is also commonly found in wine, beer, fruit, vegetables, and other food and beverage processing.
When the coffee is received it is first submitted to a condition of water and steam. This elevates the moisture contained and swells the bean in order to facilitate the extraction of caffeine. It is at this point, that the bean experiences an E.A. wash, which removes the caffeine. The beans are then cleaned with fresh water, followed by a little more steam, to clean the inner most portions of the bean. Finally, the beans are dried, restoring the moisture levels to the original level.
“It was a logical next step to create a decaf capsule to stand with Funky Camper and Smooth Journey, but it was very important to me to find a way to extract the caffeine without losing the great taste of our coffee. The best part with this new decaf process is that it allows the natural flavours of the coffee to shine even after the caffeine has been extracted, finally putting an end to boring decaf,” said Stuart Wilson, founder of Lost Sheep Coffee.
Living the Dream £4.20 (10 x 5.6g pods): This speciality coffee is described as a big bold body, yet smooth with no need for additional sugars. “Notes of milk chocolate and rich caramel when drunk, a coffee that doesn’t need sugar and leaves no bitter after taste.”
Lost Sheep Coffee has coffee shops in Canterbury and Ashford’s McArthur Glen shopping outlet, as well as the micro-roastery in Whitstable, Kent.