LIGHTER-Caf Artisan Coffee Blends

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We identified a need for a “middle way” between no-caf and full-caf coffee, so we are offering Low-Caf Blends. You get the intensity of flavor of our excellent full-caf coffees with about half the caffeine. We roast full-caf and decaf batches separately to ensure quality, then blend and taste test each one to find the best-tasting that significantly lowers the caffeine content. Now you can have that after-dinner cup without worry. As a reminder:we offer FREE SHIPPING* when you buy 2 or more selections.

  • All coffees are shipped WHOLE BEAN by default. If you want yours ground, email or add a note when you order. Please specify coarse, medium, fine or espresso grind. Note that ground coffee goes stale much faster than whole bean, so proper storage is a must.
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Here’s what we are currently roasting:

LIGHTER-CAF Classic Latin American Blend

We were going for the classic mild, sweet, nutty, honey-smooth Central and South American cup with this blend. All the coffees in this blend were sustainably-grown, specialty-grade beans. Lighter medium roasts emphasize sweet honey, vanilla, stone fruit and toasted nuts, while darker roasts are nutty with toffee, dark chocolate and spice accents. Makes a sweet, mellow espresso. This is an easy-drinking, no fuss cup you can enjoy every day.


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Lighter-Caf Chocolate Bomb!

This blend of Latin and Asian coffees is for the dark-roast lovers who crave chocolate and lots of it in their coffee, only with less caffeine. At the lighter roast level, we taste toffee and walnuts with semisweet chocolate, a bit like a good mocha brownie. At the darker end, all notes point to dark bittersweet chocolate to the exclusion of almost all other flavors. It’s addictive!


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Lighter-Caf Heart of Africa Blend

East African coffees are uniquely bright and acidic (meaning lively on the palate, not sour) among coffees. Their citrus, molasses, black tea notes and floral brightness makes them some of the most highly-rated, especially the high-quality Kenyans and Rwandans such as the ones starring in this lower-caf blend. In this case, the decaf component has muted the natural acidity slightly while retaining the citrus, fig and dark chocolate profile you expect in a classic East African. An elegant coffee from start to finish, the Lighter Caf Heart of Africa Blend has full intense flavor and exceptional balance. Lighter roasts emphasize more of the citrus and floral notes; darker roasts elevate the semi-sweet chocolate backbone.


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LIGHTER-CAF Ethiopia Paired Micro-lots

Ethiopia was the birthplace of coffee, and unlike many coffee-producing countries, the population has a long history of enjoying drinking it, so they know how to grow and process it well. This one is elegant and lower-caf: It has dark berries and citrus floating over a pronounced dark chocolate backbone. The decaf component mutes the citrus a bit while emphasizing the chocolate a bit more, making for a very nicely balanced cup. Less berry-like than our Yirgacheffe Dry Process, it can take darker roasts with grace for a memorable if a bit wild-tasting Lighter caf espresso. A bit more expensive, but we think it’s worth it!


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LIGHTER-CAF Classic Espresso Blend

For good espresso, you want a combination of bitter-sweet balance, good crema, heavy body, and…flavor. For this one, you wanted all the flavor and body but less caffeine. Here you go: This one has the balance between bitter and sweet that many espressos miss, plus hints of nuts, dark stone fruit (plums, I think) and semi-sweet chocolate nicely integrated into the structure. Unlike some roasters, we do not add lower-quality robusta to the mix so the bittering is more like bittersweet chocolate instead of rubber tires. This one is blended and roasted especially for espresso, so its likely to be disappointing for pour over or drip.


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LIGHTER-CAF Sumatra/Sulawesi

We paired two lots of classic Indonesian Typica hybrids–one decaf and one full-caf to produce a half-caf that is bold and intense, rustic and a bit savory across the roast spectrum. The popular dark roast is low-acid and savory, with notes of cedar smoke, black licorice, mild herbs, leather and bittersweet chocolate. Going a bit lighter, herbs and cedar predominate with some rustic sweetness and less of the classic bitter chocolate notes. We’ll roast it as you like it, and you can go easy on the caffeine, too.


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