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.