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Gotta have it: Blue Goose Coffee

Coffee fiends, rejoice! No need to miss out on your caffeine fix with Blue Goose, a mix of tasty caffeinated and decaf brews. Plus, we have four Coffee Survival Kits worth £120 to give away!

Aaaah, coffee. That first morning cup of Smoky Joe, and the second, and the third and the, er… you get it. A Muddy editor never turns down a caffeine fix. And cutting back on our favourite kick-starter is tricky, especially when we’re trying to beat lockdown fatigue.

Ooh goody, here comes Lex with Muddy’s weekly coffee supply!

So, I’m intrigued by this idea that’s just dropped in my in-box. Co-founder Lex of Blue Goose Coffee (above) says, “Don’t give up your favourite coffee,” (of course he would say that but it’s my kinda language), “enjoy caffeinated cuppas before lunchtime, then switch to decaf in the afternoon”.

Hmmm. I’m liking this have-your-cake-and-it thinking but Houston we have a problem. I don’t get decaf. What is the point? And what about the nasty chemicals used to strip out the caffeine – the same ones they use in paint stripper apparently. Yuk.

Nonetheless, I’m all ears because I know Lex and Blue Goose co-founder Nick are total coffee fiends so they wouldn’t make any old decaf, plus they’re super-ethical with their compostable eco coffee pods and only produce coffee from premium quality 100% Arabica beans. So, their decaf must be good right?

Cue a spontaneous Muddy Taste Test with my two favourite caffeine addicts in my life *make that the only* – my 21 year-old son Henry or Five Scoops as we call him (he costs us a small fortune in roast ground) and Mr Muddy. I brewed them up four coffees to try each, two with caf and two without. They had to guess which was which with the reward of some fabulous coffee (Try it, it’s a great lockdown game BTW!)

Drum roll…Here’s the Muddy Verdict:

1/Organic Mountain Water Decaf: Toby guessed this was decaf but it had Henry fooled. Toby described it as ‘sweet and caroby’, while Henry picked this as his overall favourite (and he is definitely NOT a decaf drinker).

2/Organic Peruvian: Both gave this certified organic coffee a thumbs-up, though only Toby realised it was caffeinated, describing it as having good strength with chocolate and liquorice flavours.

3/Organic Swiss Water Decaf: A correct guess for Henry but Toby thought this had caffeine in it. Both reckoned this would be a go-to breakfast coffee, great with a Danish pastry. This was my overall favourite. If I hadn’t known it was decaf I’d have guessed the opposite as it smelt so authentic coming out the pack.

4/Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Whole Bean: Two correct answers from our testers for this Which? Best Buy and 2 Star Great Taste Award Winner. A good after-meal coffee was the view, a very refreshing brew. This was Toby’s overall favourite.

So there you have it! And for anyone who’s still worrying about the paint strippers. Stand down – Blue Goose decaf is 100% chemical-free as they use a de-caffeination technique which combines Swiss and mountain spring water, temperature and good-old fashioned time to remove the caffeine. Huzzah.

Want to try your own Blue Goose Taste Test for FREE?

FREEBIE KLAXON! Four readers can get their chops around a lip-smacker of Blue Goose bundle worth £30 each, including your choice of either 6 cartons of their compostable eco-pods (60 pods) or 4 pouches of their bean and ground coffees. Dash over to Muddy Devon Reader Treats for your chance to win.

Plus, Blue Goose Coffee are offering all you lovely Muddy coffee connoisseurs an exclusive 15% off their entire range of eco & plastic-free-packaged pod, whole bean and ground coffees with the code MuddyDevon.

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