Orizaba Mountain Water or Swiss Water Decaf Coffee: Which Tastes Best?

OK: A taste retest of two similar-sounding coffees on an over-warm day at the nub end of a July heatwave? Are you kidding me?

It’s one of the privileges of being a minion of a coffee company that you get to try out the goods. But you know what happens, right? You pour cup after cup of the Everyday Italiana Decaf and it’s so good it becomes the first, last and always cup of the day. A satisfying, amenable, comfy coffee that weaves itself into the afternoon as much as it unzipped the morning.

But what’s this? Word comes down from the top, El DeCaffito himself, that customers have asked him about our Brasilia Swiss Water and Orizaba Mountain Water Decafs. What are the differences? Which tastes nicest when? 

Your stash of Everyday Italiana Decaf is confiscated, and you are ordered on an expedition of discovery. To scale and survey the rainforests of Brazil, the mountain scenery of Switzerland and Mexico and come back with an explorer’s account of your findings. For Decaf. For humanity.

Actually, the memo looked like this.

Swiss water coffee memo

It’s pointless telling you that drinking coffee for a living holds any high drama or jeopardy, so we’ll take off our hiking boots, straw Panamas, put down the machetes and get on with it. 

Brasilia Swiss Water Decaf vs Orizaba Mountain Water Decaf: The rules. 

We hand-ground both Brasilia Swiss Water Decaf beans and Orizaba Mountain Water Decaf Coffee beans in two separate grinds. A medium grind for a French press and a fine grind for an espresso-style from a moka pot. We had to be sure not to overgrind the French press in case it over brewed in the cafetière and, likewise, sufficiently grind the espresso so its brief rendezvous with super-heated steam water in the moka pot would develop the brew enough. There’s a whole art to grinding, detailed right here on the Ground Zero blog

Brasilia Swiss Water Decaf Coffee

This should be the bolder of our two beans and it scored well, particularly from the Moka pot. It has a slightly richer roast with that caramelised chocolate note running right through the liquid. It produced a nice crema, and we would challenge anyone to call this a decaf in a blind tasting. It has enough body to make it taste full and substantial, with the flavour oils front and centre of the brew.

The French press cup was more laid back, but had equally delicious notes, not so much caramelised but still dark enough to make a satisfying drink.

No mistake, this is everything promised by Swiss Water decaffeination – all the original flavour is still there, everything except over 99% of the caffeine.

Orizaba Mountain Water Decaf Coffee

On paper – as it is on the packaging – Orizaba Mountain Water Decaf Coffee is a slightly lighter roast than the Brasilia Swiss Water Decaf coffee. The water in this case comes from the glacial meltwater streams on Mexico’s highest mountain, Pico de Orizaba. Other than that, the origin of the beans and the difference in roast, the process is very similar to Swiss Water. Once again, then, we expect great things from our Orizaba Mountain Water Decaf Coffee.

It did not disappoint us. Even after the truly excellent Brasilia Swiss Water decaf, our Orizaba Mountain Water Decaf shone in the Moka pot brew review. It’s lighter and has some of that chocolate goodness, but also fruit and a honey-like nutty sweetness. This is less bold than the Brazilian Swiss Water decaf, but rounder and just as satisfying.

The French press gave us cause for thought though. Steeped for a few minutes in the cafetière, we found a subtly more developed fruit and nut note than we had from the Moka pot, as if the chocolatey-ness had moved over and let it through. We went back for more from the French press but, as Sheryl Crow and Cat Stevens might sing, the first cup was the deepest.

Brasilia Swiss Water Decaf vs Orizaba Mountain Water Decaf: The result.

Both coffees are magnificent, but as there can only be one winner…

No, scrub that. 

What surprised us was the Orizaba Mountain Water Decaf Coffee’s performance in the French press. This reviewer prefers espresso style, but the cafetière version of Orizaba Mountain Water Decaf revealed a lot of hidden nuances in the flavour, so Orizaba Mountain Water Decaf gets the vote for the French press. Brasilia was not far behind, however.

The bolder roast of the Brasilia Swiss Water Decaf did very well in the frankly terrifying environs of the Moka pot and came out in one piece, so to speak, with its trousers on. After all the gurgling and percolating, it delivered a satisfying full punch of flavour.

Travelling for Work? Make Your Own Coffee with This Portable Coffee Maker

Fluffy beginning:

Travelling for work can be a lot of fun, but it’s not always easy to find a good cup of coffee. That’s why I Love Decaf have curated a portable espresso maker that you can take with you wherever you go. Now you can make your favourite decaf coffee drinks in minutes, without having to rely on the dodgy decaf coffee from motorway services.

1. Travelling for work? Take your own portable coffee maker with you!

Do you ever find yourself travelling for work and longing for a good cup of coffee? With this portable espresso maker, you can make your own coffee wherever you go. This little device is small enough to fit in your bag, and it makes rich, creamy espresso in minutes. In addition to espresso, this machine also makes ristretto drinks, so you can enjoy a perfect cup of coffee no matter where you are.

2. Why travel with a portable coffee maker?

It’s no secret that a lot of people rely on coffee to get them through the day. And if you’re one of those people, you know that it can be tough to find a good cup of coffee when you’re on the go. That’s where a portable espresso maker comes in handy. A portable coffee maker allows you to make your favorite coffee drinks wherever you are. It’s perfect for traveling or for office coffee breaks. Plus, it takes up very little space in your bag, so you can bring it with you wherever you go.

3. Where can you buy a quality portable coffee maker?

If you’re a decaf coffee lover who travels for work, then this portable espresso maker is a must-have. It’s lightweight and easy to carry with you, and it makes coffee that’s as good as what you’d get from a coffee shop. You can buy it online from I Love Decaf, our customer service team is always happy to help if you have any questions.

4. What are the best features to look for in a coffee maker?

When choosing a coffee maker for travelling, there are a few key features to look for: portability, durability and ease of use. Our Best Ever Portable Espresso Coffee Maker is the perfect option for those on the go. It’s small and lightweight, making it easy to transport, and it’s also durable, so you can rely on it to last in any environment. Plus, it’s simple to operate; all you need is hot water and ground coffee to get started. With this coffee maker, you’ll never have to settle for subpar coffee again!

5. How to use a coffee maker?

Making coffee on the go can be a real hassle. But with this portable espresso maker, you can make your favorite caffeinated drinks anywhere, anytime. Here’s how to use it:

1. Fill the water tank with hot water.

2. Add ground coffee to the portafilter.

3. Screw the portafilter into the machine.

4. Twist to activate the pressure piston.

5. The machine will start brewing.

6. Pour your decaf coffee into your favorite mug with more hot water and enjoy!