What is Dafé?
The first thing to point out is, there is no coffee in Dafé. It takes a similar name because the same roasting, grinding and brewing processes are applied to date seeds to craft a smooth, fresh caffeine-free drink which can be enjoyed as a coffee alternative, or simply in its own right!
Most of us have tried dates before – the sticky, caramel like fruits are delicious on their own. At their centres are an inedible hard seed, which is traditionally a waste product when dates are turned into syrup or paste. Those date seeds are where the treasure is though, and can be turned into a delicious, gluten-free, caffeine-free drink. We aren’t the first to try this: historically coffee made from date seeds has been made for thousands of years in Middle Eastern cultures and can be found wherever dates are grown.
What does it taste like? Well, first of all, Dafé is delicious. We at Date Coffee Company are proper coffee snobs, and are naturally dubious of anything that claims to be as good. All we can say is we were won over straight away! There are some similarities to regular coffee – it is smooth, comforting and has lots of complex flavours below the surface. We think date coffee is a little lighter, more refreshing, more hydrating and more chocolatey that regular coffee. Why not try it for yourself and let us know what you think? An added benefit is date coffee is naturally caffeine free and therefore hydrating rather than a diuretic so can be enjoyed guilt-free all day (and night) long.
Dates are grown all around the world, but we make sure we source our high-quality organic seeds from Tunisia, at the edge of the Mediterranean. This means our date coffee travels the shortest possible distance to you, and thousands of miles less than traditional coffee beans. Of course that would mean nothing if our packaging wasn’t sustainable. We use compostable, eco-friendly bags to package our delicious date seeds.