This custom decaf is a blend of current-crop, small-producer coffees from the Inz region of Cauca, south Colombia. The selection of these coffees is from a couple hundred small farm samples, picking out those that meet our specified bar of quality. This blend was not selected specifically for decaffeination, but rather we broke off a chunk of the regular lot and had it decaf'd. That is one of the most attractive parts of selecting your own decafs, the ability to control the quality. This is a "water process" decaf, handled by the folks at Swiss Water in Canada. Nearly all of our decaf coffees are "custom" lots processed by Swiss Water, returning to us a product that closely shadows the original non-decaf counterpart.
This blend from Inz resulted in a sweet cup, subtle spice notes adding a touch of complexity. The dry grounds have a honey sweet granola and ginger snap cookie smell. Once you add hot water, caramel-sugar notes build momentum in the aroma, even more apparent on the break. The sweetness at City+ is surprisingly refined, and this is where we found the most balance, with layers of raw sugar notes. A unique pumpernickel note comes up as the coffee cools too, and at Full City gives way to chocolate roast complexity. Fruited tones are not overt at first, but pushed to the front as the coffee cools, and offer hints of apple and persimmon in the finish. A really nice espresso option too as roasts near 2nd snap territory.