Mokha-Java SWP Decaf Blend

Mokha-Java SWP Decaf Blend

Farm Description

This is a modified Mokha Java type blend we sent to Swiss Water for a custom decaf process. The coffees are Sumatra Dry Hulled Aceh Bukit, Guatemala Acafesam Cooperative (only about 15% of the blend), and Ethiopia Harar Longberry. The results are absolutely stunning! We had such a great result with our previous custom blend, El Papuma, we had to do it again. While you cannot know for sure how a decaf will turn out, I had a pretty strong feeling that these would be ideal, and result in a sweet, syrupy, moderately bright coffee. If you send really good coffees for decaffeination, there's a fine chance you will get a great result like this. A few years back there were importers and brokers who sent good coffees for decaf, when the market was low. But the added cost of the decaf toll charge on top of record prices has made the big guys shy to do this. Also, we thought it would be a dual-use coffee blend, for decaf drip and decaf espresso. The espresso tends toward the more fruited side, and like all decaf you need to tune the grinder and machine specifically for this coffee. But the shots we produced were really great!


Cupping Notes

Not only does this decaf smell super sweet, it also does not have the usual scent or taste of decaf coffee. The coffee grounds have an intense sweetness, and fruited notes of guava and peach pie. The wet aroma has savory sweetness, molasses, fig and raisin bread toast scents. The cup flavors have the character of a Mohka Java in the aromatic woody hint, fruited notes (dried apricot), mulling spice accent, and slick, syrup-like body. There are hints of tamarind, cinnamon stick, and some background Sumatra foresty hints. It is complex, intense, very flavorful, and simply does not read like a decaf at all to my palate. It's just outstanding, and one of the highest decaf scores I have ever given. I recommend 24-48 hours rest after roasting, which increases sweetness and body. I really like this coffee as decaf espresso. It might be on the bright side for some espresso tastes (my roasts were in the FC range, no second crack. Darker levels would tone the espresso down a bit). It is very sweet, even if it is a bit tricky to dial in the roast level due to the normal decaf issue: the coffee looks darker to the eye than it truly is. You can see roast level much better in the ground coffee than the whole bean, although that won't help you during the roast process.

Score

88.8

Lot Size

68 60KG Bags

Roast Recommendations

Takes a wide range of roast, from City to FC+. As with all decafs, color is difficult to judge during the roast. So attend to the roaster and stop the roast manually if possible to get it just right. Roast preference with espresso is up to you. I like mine brighter, at FC to FC+.

Processing

Other (see review)

Varietal

Bourbon     Heirloom Varietals     Typica    

Grade & Appearance

.4 defects per 300 grams, 17-19 Screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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