This decaffeinated coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Dumerso coffee mill located in in the town of Dumerso near the town of Yirgacheffe within the Gedeo Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region, Ethiopia. The Gedeo region is named after the Gedeo people who are indigenous to this area. The Dumerso mill is owned and operated by Surafel Birhanu and his family. During the harvest Surafel employs 400 people from the community to help. The Dumerso mill receives ripe cherries from 750 small coffee farmers. Coffee producers deliver their ripe cherries to the Dumerso coffee station where the cherries are sorted and then placed on raised drying beds in thin layers. The cherries are turned every 2 to 3 hours in the first few days to avoid over-fermentation and mold growth. Depending on weather, 4 to 6 weeks later the beans are de-hulled and transported in parchment to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to be milled and bagged prior to export.
Royal Select Swiss Water Process coffee is sourced from lots that the Royal team has selected based on cupping evaluations. After selection, the green coffee is pre-soaked in water to expand the beans for caffeine extraction. The beans are then introduced to Green Coffee Extract (GCE), a solution concentrated with coffee solubles that extract the caffeine without extracting the coffees particular flavor.