Tanzania Igawa-Mbeya SWP Decaf

Tanzania Igawa-Mbeya SWP Decaf

Farm Description

"Igawa-Mbeya" actually refers to two different Tanzanian districts, and the coffees that make up this blend are from two separate villages within these districts. Both coffees were purchased as non-decaf for Sweet Maria's, and we bought enough of each to put together a limited decaf blend. As non-decafs, these are extremely solid coffees working great in both brew and espresso applications. We have all our custom decaffeination processed at the Swiss Water plant in Vancouver, Canada, where water is the main ingredient (go figure!) used to extract caffeine from the coffee. Decafs are often a pale version of their non-decaf originator, but not the case with the Swiss Water process. This coffee retains much of its "Tanzanian" characteristics, offering an origin-specific experience for decaf drinkers.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

The dry grounds have a malty sweetness to them, a smell of molasses sugars and maltose. Fruited notes come into focus in the wet grounds, a mix of fig and plum is noticeable, and a sweet chocolate smell is present in City+ roasts. The cup is quite impressive, very un-decaf, and showing clean sweetness all the way through to the finish. Notes of honey and nut come through in a hot cup, shifting into citrus and brown sugar sweetness as the temperature begins to fall. Acidity is often one of the first things you lose with the decaffeination process, but this Tanzanian decaf is a testament to how much of the volatile compounds remain with the Swiss Water process. A citrus-like brightness cuts through even at Full City, adding a nice structure to the cup. This is a bodied decaf, especially so in City+ and beyond roast levels, and FC roasts will translate well in the espresso machine.

Score

86.7

Lot Size

20 x 60 kg bags

Roast Recommendations

City+ to Full City for the most complexity; Full City to FC+ for espresso

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Bourbon    

Grade & Appearance

AA/AB; .4 d/300gr, 15+ screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Jutting hills in Tanzania

Setting up the drying beds for a day's harvest

Stacking up bags of green coffee at the dry mill in Tanzania

 

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