_ The wait is over for Steel Bridge decaffeinated Coffee. I now have in one bag of organic decaf beans from the state of Nayarit in Mexico. You can place your order right away.
Besides the decaf, I'm excited about the possibility of a long-term relationship between Steel Bridge Coffee and the growers of Nayarit, Mexico. The decaf beans came via a small-scale importing company, San Cristobal Coffee Importers (literally a “mom and pop” outfit), that has been working directly with Nayarit coffee produces since the mid-nineties, helping them improve the quality control of their product, finding markets for their coffee, and paying them a fair price.
It's important to note that San Cristobal is not importing Fair Trade certified coffee. I recommend reading their treatise on “Why not Fair Trade”: http://www.sancristocafe.com/articles/why_not_fair_trade.htm
I jumped on the Fair Trade bandwagon almost ten years ago and presumed that Fair Trade beans would be foundational to my coffee business; but now word on the street is that the certification process is mired in corruption. I'm not totally convinced that that's true but I am excited about being in business with an importer than I can speak to on the telephone, who emphasizes transparency, and who is already encouraging me to come visit the farm.
So give our decaf a try and let me know what you think. And be sure to peruse the San Cristobal website for more information about where it came from.