A NATIONAL competition has recognised Piccolo Coffee Roasters with an award for its freshly roasted decaffeinated coffee beans.
The cafe was awarded a bronze medal for its blend at last week’s 2013 National Natvia Golden Bean Roasting Competition, held annually in Port Macquarie.
Piccolo’s beans are decaffeinated using the “Swiss water process” and are freshly roasted on site in Warrnambool, according to owner Carmel Brady.
“The decaf blend is a pleasure to make and serve, with good body, great crema and a balanced palate,” she said.
“The green beans are quite different to work with as decaf has already been treated, so it’s taken my husband Tim a while to get a good roast going.”
Mrs Brady said there was a strong following for Piccolo’s decaf coffee.
“A lot of decaf is really mild and people feel like they’re drinking hot milk, but this has a really flavoursome taste to it.
“We’ll have people who come in and ask for a strong decaf, which might sound silly, but because it’s quite flavoursome you can still have a full-bodied flavour.
“There’s often a health reason for decaf drinkers.
“They’ve been told to cut down on caffeine, often they’re pregnant women, and sometimes people think they’re drinking too much caffeine, or they might be older people not sleeping as well and want to try decaf because they don’t want to give up coffee.
“A lot of it is a mental thing.
“Some serious coffee drinkers turn their nose at decaf drinkers but sometimes I’ll have one and I won’t be able to tell the difference.”
Piccolo Coffee Roasters was also highly commended in the Green Awards of the Powercorp Warrnambool Small Business Awards last week.